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Boebie's at Wits end, thanks to Roger Da Sa

by Brian Gaffney
06 Feb 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

'Tis more than a soccer game. It will probably be an opportunity to settle old scores, prove contentious points and stake a claim for some of the glitz the Premier Soccer League has to offer.

On the left is Santos' Roger da Sa. And on the right... Wits University's Boebie Solomons. They'll draw battle lines at Green Point Stadium on Friday, 24 November.

It will be there first face-to-face meeting onfield since taking over each others coaching jobs in 2005. And, inevitably, for both coaches it will be an emotional experience following the disappointments of the past.

Remember, Solomons found his way to Wits, after being controversially sacked by Santos before the completion of his coaching contract in 2004.

He replaced Da Sa, who left Wits after their demotion from the PSL to the Mvela League.

That's history.

Wits' effort to claim second position on the PSL log, after regaining PSL status is a topical point. And so are Santos' sterling efforts in beating Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout Cup in Johannesburg on Saturday night, after a 0-0 draw with defending champions Sundowns a fortnight ago.

Eleazar Rogers, who scored the decisive goal against Pirates, is a key player in Da Sa's game plan. And so is the deceptive Marawaan Bantam and the rugged Sebastian Bax.

Solomons has, meanwhile, transformed Wits from a dour to an adventurous side since the aquisition of Brazilian Pepe de Jesus and midfielder Danillo Julio. De Jesus has six league goals to his credit.

Former Ajax-Cape Town custodian Moeneeb Josephs, a strong candidate for the Bafana side for World Cup 2010, is rewarding Solomons' confidence in him with some outstanding performances.

Fellow-Capetonians Ashraf Hendricks in defence and front-runner Kenwyn Manuel, who both had spells with Hellenic, are Wits' other aces.

Solomons will tell them of the goose-bumps they'll experience when they take the field on Friday evening. He knows the feeling. In the 1970s Solomons who became an icon at Cape Town Spurs during his playing career found himself in a tizz when he ran-out with his new club Dynamos FC from Johannesburg.

Josephs, in particular, prone to over-reacting at intimidatory play by opponents or referees decisions, needs to heed Solomons' words.

The Green Point cauldron could be an unnerving place from the kick-off at 20:00.

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