Hunt could hardly believe his luck when Pirates decided to off-load the speedy Myeni

08 September 2016 - 17:01 By Marc Strydom


Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt was surprised that Orlando Pirates off-loaded Sifiso Myeni‚ and then only too pleased to snap the winger up. Wits announced they had signed the quick‚ skilful forward with a nose for goal – their youth product who played for the Clever Boys from 2008 to late 2011‚ before joining Pirates – on August 31.“I think he’s got a lot of quality. If you look at his track record over the last four years‚ he’s played a lot of games‚” Hunt said on Thursday.“It baffles me a little bit – you know‚ he’s got 25 or 26 games a season.“What he can give us is‚ I think he’s got goals in him. I think he can create for us.“There are three things every footballer must do – score goals‚ create goals and stop goals. And I think he can do all three things.“And I think that’s important for a club like us. It gives us an extra dimension.“When I look at the bench and I don’t shake my head about making a change‚ that’s important.“You’re only as strong as your bench. People must realise: if your bench is strong‚ you’ll have a strong team. Because then things are happening.“Then you can mix and match‚ and that’s something we haven’t had the luxury of doing in the last few years.“And a lad like this [Myeni]‚ I think he’s got a lot to prove. He’s not in good condition. That’s something I’ll work on.“He’s got some good mileage in his legs. And I always like a player who’s got mileage.“He’s played a lot of games in the last four years. He’s got qualities that we can exploit and use.”Myeni adds to a frontline at Wits that‚ bolstered by other signings such as Gabadinho Mhango‚ Cuthbert Malajila and Mogakolodi Ngele‚ already looked ominous.The winger is philosophical about not featuring in Ertugral’s plans.“For me‚ I think in football you just have to expect the unexpected. Whatever happened‚ happened – you can’t have doubts about that‚” Myeni said.“When Pirates said I was on the transfer list I said ‘OK‚ no problem’. Because there’s no use asking them why.“Then my agent‚ Mike Makaab‚ managed to organise me some deals. We sat down and there was a good option to go back to Wits.”Myeni does not expect to feature in Wits’ first leg of their MTN8 semifinal against Cape Town City at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night (8.15pm).“Obviously I didn’t do the preseason with the team‚ and am not at the level where the rest of the team is‚” he said.“So I think the coach will wait and see. I don’t think I’m ready fitness-wise. I need to put in the work and when I feel that I’m getting there‚ I’ll work harder until the coach gives me a chance.” - TMG Digital

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