Students put Telkom Knockout dream on hold

Setting aside their Cup focus, Wits will look to continue their recent run of form in the Premiership campaign when they face Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.

The Students have scored five goals in their last two league games, including a 3-1 win over Soweto giants Orlando Pirates, and are fresh off a 3-0 victory over Santos in their Telkom Knockout semifinal on Sunday.

And while the Cup trophy will be on the line next month when they face Pirates, triple title winners last season, Wits coach Roger de Sa insisted his side would not let it distract them from the league race.

“We will worry about Pirates after our next two league games,” De Sa said after they qualified for the knockout final.

“We’ve got Celtic away, then Arrows here, and we need to focus on that.”

Wits striker Ryan Chapman, who has netted five goals in their last three games, said their midweek clash would bring its own challenges and they would need to be prepared.

“We’ve got Pirates coming up, but our focus is on Celtic,” Chapman said.

“The Cup final is a big game but our next league match is the one we’re aiming at.”

Closing the gap
Celtic are unbeaten in five league clashes at their Seisa Ramabodu fortress this season.

One place ahead of the Clever Boys on goal difference, the hosts will go in search of three points as they look to claw their way further up the top half of the table.

Kaizer Chiefs, meanwhile, will attempt to close the gap on front runners SuperSport United in a top-of-the-table clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Amakhosi are third in the standings, four points behind United, but the defending champions will put up a strong fight in an effort to stretch the gap as they aim to bag their fourth league title in five years.

Santos, fourth from bottom, host second-placed Sundowns at Athlone Stadium and they will be eager to lift themselves further from the relegation zone.

Title holders Orlando Pirates are home to Ajax Cape Town in Soweto while Moroka Swallows, having a dream run in their comeback season, are away to strugglers Golden Arrows in Durban.

Elsewhere Platinum Stars host AmaZulu in Phokeng, outside Rustenburg, and Free State Stars hit the road to face Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium. — Sapa

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