Bidvest Wits welcome AmaTuks

Dead in the middle of final year exams, it will be an all student affair in one Absa Premiership match when Bidvest Wits welcome the University of Pretoria to the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday, kick-off at 19h30.

Both these intuitions have a lengthy rivalry not only in the academic industry, but also on the sporting fields in various amateur and semi-professional sports.

Gavin Hunt’s Wits side come into the game having returned to winning ways in their last outing with a 2-0 victory at Free State Stars, while the University of Pretoria were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Ajax Cape Town in their last league match.

The Clever Boys are unbeaten at home this season, with two wins and two draws from four matches.

The men from central Johannesburg are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 12 points from seven matches.

Their captain Sibusiso Vilakazi hopes to give their home fans - who are currently stressed by the heavy schedule of exams - a good result.

“We played very well in our last league game in Free State and this match offers us an opportunity to be consistent with our results,” said the Bafana Bafana playmaker.

“It gives us an opportunity to climb up the table depending on other results, that is why maximum points against Tuks is something we are striving for.

“I hope the students are doing well now during the exams, but right now we also need their support.

“They have been fantastic this season and we hope that with good results we will bring in more of them this season and next year when they return from holidays.”

AmaTuks are yet to win away from home this season, with one draw and two losses from three matches on the road. They are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with eight points from seven matches.

Coach Steve Barker acknowledges that Wits will be hard to beat at home, but that his side are geared up for their first match in nearly two weeks.

“I know what Gavin’s strengths are and I know what he likes his teams to do,” said Barker who played for Wits between 1990 and 1998.

“We have played many friendlies against Wits recently and there are certain elements that he brings to the squad, but we will be mindful of that.

“It has been frustrating not playing matches in the last few months due to the league’s schedule.

“I prefer playing on a Wednesday and a Saturday than not playing at all, but we will get on with it now and hopefully start getting good results.”