JOHANNESBURG, August 14 – Orlando Pirates resume their Premiership schedule with a match against early season pacesetters Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers come into the clash with heavy legs having gone all the way to play 120 minutes in the MTN8 quarterfinal against SuperSport United at the weekend, while the Students, who currently occupy first place, will be looking to capitalise on the extra rest they had over the opposition.
The fact that Gavin Hunt’s side was not involved in any match over this past weekend is testament to the poor state of affairs Wits found themselves in last season as they failed to qualify for the top eight – a year after they were crowned champions.
The extended break – thanks to the World Cup – allowed the club enough time to restructure the squad.
Big names such as Moeneeb Josephs and Daine Klate, among others, were shipped out and in came 11 new faces to freshen things up and so far it looks like it was the right thing to do, if the current log table is anything to go by.
The table currently suggests that something is working at Sturrock Park, with Wits currently occupying top spot with two wins in two matches – scoring six and only conceding once.
They have already claimed the scalp of one Soweto giant in Kaizer Chiefs, and they’ll be looking to make it a double over the Buccaneers on Wednesday night. (ANA)