Catch up games are a distraction – Hlatshwayo


Bidvest Wits are two games behind most of the teams in Absa Premiership and Thulani Hlatshwayo admits that playing catch-up brings more pressure and it is a “distraction’’.

“Yeah it does have a distraction mentality[catch up games], when you look at the game that was postponed against [Black] Leopards we were playing at home, where we stay is closer to the stadium so don’t have to use the bus, walking to the stadium then you see Ernest [Middendorp], the Pirates coach [Josef Zinnbauer], you see a lot of players from the previous clubs…they bring their analysts,” said Hlatshwayo.

The ‘Clever Boys’ are in fifth position on the log standings, 11 points adrift the leaders Kaizer Chiefs. “Games in hands are not points, we have to make sure we win those games and also win our home games, “admitted the Wits captain.

“Obviously knowing very well that we are the only ones playing, [on a random Monday or Wednesday night], the guys who are there, is not like they are bitter, but they would hope that you won’t get a result.”
“And also the pressure on us to get results knowing very well that the game that we are playing is a catch-up game and you know when everyone is playing then you are able to, if you are playing a 3 pm game and others are playing at night, you are able to say you know what let’s win this game and see how they do at night,” added Hlatshwayo.

Wits are one of the 8 teams that have booked their places in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals after they beat Chippa United 2-0 on Monday evening at Bidvest Stadium.

Their next game in the League will be against SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday while the Nedbank Cup Last 8 draw will take place tonight at 19:00.

By FARPost Reporter 

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