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'The Clever Boys wont go down' 08/04/05
Although Bidvest Wits University are going through a bad patch, their worst performance ever under the mentorship of coach, Roger De Sa, they are still confident of finishing off the season on a high note.

This season is definitely not their season as they are lying in the eleventh position with 26 points from 23 games. They are just four points more than the 16th placed Bush Bucks. And this after the Students finished 3rd and 4th in the previous two seasons.

Earlier this year the Clever Boys got a major boost when their sponsorship deal from Bidvest was improved. People were  very quick to conclude that the Students would be the team to beat. It was unfortunately not the case as De Sa`s charges continued to struggle.

They last won a game on the 12th of February when they beat Golden Arrows and after that they went on to lose to Leopards and Swallows and drew goalless to Cosmos and Santos.

It has now been four league games during which Wits have not scored a goal, plus one Absa cup game against Chiefs, which they won on penalties after a goalless draw.

It is disappointing for a team who rejected last year's s top goal scorer, Jackie Ledwaba (when he was on trial at the beginning of the season) to go 480 minutes without a goal.

Roger De Sa does need not be told that his 'reject' is now a leading goalscorer in Mvela Golden League. De Sa instead opted for veteran, Simon Makhubela, who unlike Ledwaba is not a proven goal poacher but does have loads of experience. It may be little unfair to start pre-judging the former Rangers and Pirates striker as he may yet help the Students reclaim their form.

The not so clever boys, as Wits have been referred to by some reporters, have seven games left and six of those games are away. Their remaining home game is against Orlando Pirates. Their remaining away games include Chiefs, Ajax and Sundowns. This is surely a cause of concern to Wits.

One man who remains positive though is Wits PRO, Dennis Tshabalala, who believes that his side wont go down. The soft spoken PRO does acknowledge that his side is going through a bad patch, which he says is the nature of this game.

"One day you are down but the next you are up, on Wednesday we were down but on the weekend we will be up after beating Celtics," said Tshabalala.

"I have faith in our players as we have seasoned internationals like Thierry Mouyomma and Charles Yohane who can always lift the spirit of our young players after each game. I am sure our players will tackle our next assignment against Celtics with a right frame of mind. We are definitely not going down and with the games we have left we might even finish in the Supa 8."

Tshabalala might have a very good point but it is up to his boys and their technical team to convince us so in the field of play.

The not so clever boys, Wits are still in the Absa cup and they will be battling it out against on form Moroka Swallows.

Wits have done well in the cups this season, having lost twice in the semis and hopefully this time they will go one better. Some people are of the belief that their concentration in the cup competitions is what derailed their league progress.

Wits play Celtics away on the week-end and on Wednesday they will meet Ajax before coming back to host Swallows at Bidvest in the Absa cup.

It will be four games in twelve days. Playmaker Reagan Noble is back for the Celtics game after a one game suspension, whether his presence changes the teams fortunes remain to be seen.

So every game Wits plays will soon be the cup final, unless of course they start scoring goals and winning games.
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