PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Wits top but coach Gavin Hunt wants more consistency
Macuphu and Motupa were among the scorers on Wednesday night when Wits registered their second victory of the season
Although Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is encouraged by the understanding developing between his two main strikers — Gift Motupa and Mxolisi Mac-uphu — he still feels the duo can score more goals.
The new striking partnership at the Clever Boys has scored four goals in five league mat-ches‚ making Hunt’s team the most lethal so far as they have banged in 10 goals and only conceded two. These goals have helped Wits to the top of the Premiership table after winning four and losing one match.
Macuphu and Motupa were among the scorers on Wednesday night when Wits registered their second 3-0 victory of the season at the Bidvest Stadium‚ this time beating AmaZulu. Simon Murray got his first goal for the Clever Boys after coming on for Macuphu.
"Yes and no. I’m not [entirely] happy with it‚ but maybe somebody is‚" is how Hunt responded when he was asked about the Macuphu-Motupa partnership. "Both of them scored tonight, which is a good sign. They’ve scored a few now. But they need to do better.
"In the first half there were times when they over-hit the ball or under-hit the pass. You’ve got to be better in those areas because at times you are never going to get those chances against a lot of teams. So you are always going to look for improvement," Hunt said.
Macuphu‚ Motupa and dynamic left-winger Deon Hotto have contributed six of the 10 goals Wits have scored‚ which justifies why Hunt signed them at the start of the campaign.
"We have only played five games but you can see [with new players] that there’s new legs and energy in the team. We didn’t have this last season. We are going to see where we finish after 30 games, but there’s a still a long way to go," Hunt said.
What was more pleasing for Hunt was the fact that Wits bounced back from their 1-0 home loss to SuperSport United, which ended their 100% start to the season.
"The most important thing was to bounce back from that defeat. We had a little more energy tonight and we could have wrapped things up in the first half‚ but we didn’t.
"All credit to AmaZulu. They came at us and kept attacking but I thought we were good in keeping them at bay. We were good at times in counterattacking but we didn’t keep the ball long enough. But all in all we would have taken this result even before the game started."
Though it is still too early to talk about the title challenge‚ Hunt feels that if Wits can keep their current form and continue grinding out results they may well be serious contenders.
"If you do that [winning four out of five] every five games you’ll be fine‚ you know what I mean. But it’s a long way to go.
"This start has given us a little bit of momentum‚ but … it’s a two-and-a-half-week break [for MTN8 semifinals and a Fifa international date] again now," Hunt said. "When you have such a long break you never know what you are going do with it."