“Wits moulded me for the rest of my career” – Fredericks

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Stanton ‘Stiga’ Fredericks started his career at Bidvest Wits in 1995 and spent six years at the club before joining Grasshopper Club Zürich.

He’d also play for Kaizer Chiefs, FC Moscow, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Pierikos FC before spending the final three years of his professional career back at Bidvest Stadium.

The now 41-year-old works as a soccer pundit on South African broadcaster SuperSport, after having carved out a memorable playing career which started and ended in the ‘Clever Boys’ white and blue.

Talking to Soccer Daily, the former dribbling wizard opened up about the important role Bidvest Wits played in his early years as a professional. Picture: Bidvest Wits.

“I think Wits moulded me for the rest of my career, Wits was a team that was together. You learnt how to play in a team atmosphere and not as an individual,” Fredericks said.

“I was one of the only guys at the time that could make things happen from a creative point of view, but I had to track back and the guys in the team weren’t going to allow me to be a luxury player and only play when I have the ball at my feet. I had to understand that I have a duty without the ball.

“I had to come back and assist the right-back when I was playing on the right. There were times when I was playing in a 3-5-2 formation and I was the winger, so there were defensive duties and attacking duties. That certainly gave me the ‘base’ going forward in my career,” he concluded.

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