With the eagerly-awaited Nedbank Cup semi-finals around the corner, Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt has provided an update regarding his goalkeepers’ department.
The Clever Boys are set to take on reigning PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns in a highly-anticipated Nedbank Cup semi-final match on Saturday, August 8 when the 2019/20 domestic season resumes.
Ahead of the encounter, Hunt has revealed that his two first-choice goalkeepers, Ricardo Goss and Brandon Peterson, are both unavailable for selection ahead of the match at Orlando Stadium.
“Goss is out because he’s still got the five-game suspension. Brandon is out as well‚” Hunt told the media as quoted by Goal.Com.
Goss is said to be serving a five-match suspension for assaulting a match referee Masixole Bambiso in a 2-0 away league defeat to Cape Town City in January while Peterson is said to be nursing an injury making Brighton Mhlongo the only shot-stopper.
“Brighton has to play. We have also brought our Multichoice Diski Challenge [reserve team] goalkeeper up‚ who I haven’t seen much of,” Hunt added.
The former Orlando Pirates keeper will get an opportunity to impress having made only one appearance in the league this season with Hunt also revealing that they have registered a member of his technical team, Tryon Damons, the Wits goalkeeper coach.
“Yes, he is registered and may have to do a job for us,” the four-time PSL title-winning coach said.
Damons, 42, is a Bloemfontein Celtic, and Dynamos shot-stopper, who retired from professional football in 2013 following a spell with the Braamfontein-based club.
This is not the first time Wits has forced a member of the technical team out of retirement and be registered with the legendary Bafana Bafana shot-stopper Andre Arendse having done the same in 2013 with four Wits goalkeepers all injured.