Wits gear up for Nedbank Cup fixture against Chippa United

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Bidvest Wits are gearing up for their Nedbank Cup quarter-final match against Chippa United in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

The Clever Boys will draw confidence from their Bafana Bafana representatives who did the nation proud in a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya on Sunday.

The club’s national team players hope to bring the positive vibes from the Bafana Bafana camp to Milpark.

Wits had four defenders in the national team, including goalkeeper Darren Keet, who had a stellar performance in Tunisia. The other three are captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Sifiso Hlanti.

With only two titles still up for grabs this season, Wits cannot afford to rest on their laurels. They are eyeing both the ABSA Premiership and the Nedbank Cup titles.

Keet says that they will be coming to the Nedbank Cup game with momentum.

“So we are playing Nedbank cup this weekend, it makes it better for us and so much easier because we are coming into the game with momentum. We don’t have to stay out and sit out a few weeks, it keeps good momentum in the team and we want momentum and stay in contention with whatever we do.”

Mkhwanazi says that the game won’t be easy as Chippa United is a tricky side.

“Chippa, it won’t be easy. Tricky one, they are very tricky because they are fighting for their lives and I’m sure they want to win everything. But we have an advantage of playing at home, we have to use that, stick to a plan and move into the next stage.”

Although Chippa are fighting for survival in the ABSA Premiership, they are no pushovers. They play pressing, enterprising football and Wits are aware of the threat they pose. Wits coach, Gavin Hunt, says that he is sure that Chippa will give in their best shot.

“I’m sure they will come and give a good account of themselves. They are a good side. They are a much better side than their league position. Clinton has been around, he know what to play and how to do things. He’s always difficult to play against.”

The Wits-Chippa United match will kick off at 20:15 on Saturday evening.