NedbankCup : The student eliminate Celtics and Letswaka pours his heart out
Bidvests Wits has progressed to the next round of the 2016 Nedbank cup, following a 2-0 win over Bloemfotein Cetic on Friday night at Milpark stadium.
Celtic seemed to be determined to reinstate the cheerful days in Bloemfontein, when Musa Nyatama forced Moneeb Joseph to stretch to the maximum saving a well taken shot by Musa Nyatama in the first minute of the game.
The game seemed to be more strategic as both teams were very vigilant. However James Keene scored a magnificent goal on the 24th minute from a well-played build up. Bivest Wits could have increased their tally when Pule Maliela’s cross was intercepted by Tshepo Rikhotso, denying Wits players who were already in the box to have a touch on it.
In the second half Celtic tried to knock on Bidvest Wits defence, but they hardly had an impact as they couldn’t penetrate the last wall of the defence installed by Gavin hunt led by Thulani Hlatswayo. In the 84th minute Celtic was awarded with a penalty following a foul which was committed by Nazir Ayle on Lerato Lamola in the box. Lyle Lakaay stepped in to take the penalty.
However the veteran goalkeeper Moneeb Joseph stretched to the maximum to deny the struggling Celtics an equalizer.
In the 90th minute Elias Pelembe could have put the game to bed when he missed a perfect opportunity facing Tinyembe. However he kicked the ball wide giving Siwelele the faith of coming back in the added four minutes. There was no adequate sense of agency from Siwelele and eventually they went back to Free State with wounded hearts.
Wits mentor who was thrilled by these results said he is happy for advancing to the next round. However having players who are on injuries and suspended players will really affect his team.
“The team is really scrappy now, and I have to put on a team to face Polokwane City on Wednesday. It’s that time of the year now. These younger players need to step up” said the former three times winner of Premier soccer league while at Supersport United. He continued to say he is happy with the progress made by Pule who was later substituted.
Siwelele’s concerned mentor, Serame Letsoaka poured his heart out the continuous poor results obtained by the team. He said, all the football is there, the team is creating chances, and in the midfield they dominate it’s just that they don’t have the luck for goals.
“We are doing everything to motivate the players during training and before the game, but come game time, these players are not giving you what they give you at the training session” said Letsoaka
Letsoaka also alluded decision making in front of goals as the stumbling block for the team success. Asked whether Is this a test for him to be struggling for positive results, he said
“It’s a definitely a test, if you go so many games having won one game since from the beginning of the year up to now, it makes you ask yourself where are going”
“We have to turn things around, we really have to turn things around, and supporters are fighting. All these challenges that we have around the team. We have to make sure that we come up with something that will make the players to have confidence” said the sad Letsoaka.