- Simon Murray earns man of the match accolade to help Wits beat Cape Town City
- The scot’s brace takes Wits to the top of the Absa Premiership table
- Coach Gavin Hunt jests that the striker can’t speak English so no one understands him
Simon Murray was the hero for Bidvest Wits on Tuesday as they downed Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership contest. The Scottish striker scored a brace as he was named man of the match. The win catapulted his team to the top of the table.
The win was even more satisfying as it was achieved in the Mother City. This followed the home team’s MTN8 success but their league form has been concerning and are now winless in 6 matches.
Gavin Hunt, coach of Wits, decided to bide his time with Murray as he adjusts to his new surroundings. Hunt jokingly told the media that no one understands the striker as he doesn’t speak English – a reference to his deep Scottish accent. Having signed from Hibernian in the Scottish league for a reported R2,6 million, he is slowly repaying the faith shown in him.
“The problem when players come from Europe is that, in South Africa, when the midfielders look at you they don’t pass you the ball, they look somewhere else. That mentality has to change. I’ve done it right with him, I think. He should have gone in straight away, but I decided to bring him in slower. He’s getting better at training if we can get a striker who can get us 12 goals or above then we’ve got a chance” Hunt said.
The Clever Boys now sit pretty at the top of the table but face a daunting task on Sunday. They’ll line up against a talented Mamelodi Sundowns side in Atteridgeville.
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