You could feel Gavin Hunt’s disappointment the day he realised his trusted midfielder Phathutshedzo Nange would be out of action for a couple of weeks.
‘Huntie’ was speaking after Wits beat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 at Bidvest Stadium 8 days ago.
In that match, Nange was forced off the field after twisting his ankle, much to Hunt’s disappointment.
It’s not clear when the industrious midfielder will return to action. For now, Hunt would cling to hopes that Nange features again soon.
… and this is why
In his first season at the club the 28-year-old has featured in 16 matches across all competitions, proving to be one of Wits’s key players.
FARPost caught up with Nange to hear how he’s settled in seven months after joining the Sturrock Park-based, Johannesburg, outfit.
“So far everything is fine, everything is okay. I’m happy with my progress and the progress of the team,” said Nange, who hails from Limpopo and was on the books of Black Leopards last term.
“I’m happy with my performance and like I said, the performance of the team, because that’s the most important thing.”
Nange has 2 goals for the ‘Clever Boys’, with the most recent coming up against Celtic.
Undoubtedly, Wits are one of the title contenders.
As things stand, they are fourth on the table with 30 points from 15 matches and 12 points adrift of the log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who have played three more games.
Wits would need the likes of Nange to fight to the last day of the 2019/2020 campaign, but with him out injured Hunt is a worried man.
Nange, however, hopes he would make a quick return to boost Wits’s title ambitions.
“We are running our own race, I must say so. We set our own goals and we believe we are on the right track,” Nange stated.
Wits will be involved in CAF action for the next two weeks and return to Absa Premiership action on February 6 and interestingly, against Nange’s former employers, Black Leopards.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
Nange’s brilliant strike for former team Leopards against Baroka last season was voted Goal of the Month for September/October 2018.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa