Cole Alexander has expressed his admiration for Kaizer Chiefs duo Lebogang Manyama and Khama Billiat, calling them ‘two of the best players in South Africa’.
The Wits midfielder will come up against his former teammates at Ajax Cape Town in Manyama and Billiat as well as Willard Katsande when ‘The Clever Boys’ meet ‘The Glamour Boys’ on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.
“Manyama and Billiat are two of the best players in the country and I really admire them,” said Alexander.
“My time at Ajax Cape Town with them, they always gave me a hard time in training. Same with Katsande, he is a leader and works really hard off the ball,” added Alexander, who is wary of the threat the Chiefs trio pose.
“It is going to be a very tough game for us but we want to do the best we can and also do well in the league,” said the 31-year-old.
Wits will be looking to get back to winning ways following a 3-2 Nedbank Cup semifinal loss against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday while Chiefs will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership to seven points in what will be their first game in the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) Bio-Bubble.
“It was so enjoyable to play again after five whole months. I’m sure all the guys will agree, I am happy to be back and playing,” said Alexander, looking back at the Sundowns game.
“My body after the game was very stiff, it was our first match in so long. We didn’t even get to play friendly matches building up to the Bio-Bubble but we are all dealt the same hand so no excuses.
“I am just very happy to be playing again and I think the team is eager to go out in our next match and just to do better than we did [against Sundowns],” concluded the former Polokwane City man.
Gavin Hunt’s men are sixth on the log standings, 10 points behind Chiefs.
Kick-off is scheduled for 18h00.
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