Cause for much celebration as new season kicks off

Bidvest Wits celebrate their MTN8 victory last season

If you bumped into someone whistling or humming Gene Kelly’s ditty Singing in the Rain, chances are that it’s a South African soccer fan.

The music is a sign of celebration that the good days are back as the professional domestic football season commences with the MTN8 quarterfinals kicking off today.

And the soccer gods couldn’t have planned it better than to have the double defending champions – Bidvest Wits, who lifted both the MTN8 trophy and the Absa Premiership title last year – opening the account against Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Bidvest Stadium.

The fixture will allow the wily Gavin Hunt an opportunity to unleash his new weapons from his ever growing arsenal in the likes of former Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar, Thato Thlone, Kobamelo Kodisang, Daylon Claasen, and Slavko Damjanovic.

The quintet were recently unveiled together with the new kit for the team.

After breaking Wits’ duck – winning the first league title in the club’s 92-year existence, Hunt will be willing to build on that success.

Known for his quest and undying desire to achieve, no one in their right mind can expect Hunt to rest on his laurels and just dwell on last season’s achievements.

Although Wits are playing at home and at a kick-off time (8pm) that usually suits them, The Students must expect some stern resistance from Arrows.

The Durban side mounted quite a decent campaign towards the end of last season and were justly rewarded by sneaking into the top eight on the last day of the campagn.

Clinton Larsen, who has proved not to be a slouch at all when it comes to coaching matters, will also be dying to build on his reputation.

And there would be no better way to do this than to claim the scalp of the MTN8 and league champions.

Ticket sales opened this week at TicketPro outlets, Jet Stores, Edgars, CAN, and PostNet.

For Friday’s game, adults will have to fork out R40, and children younger than 12 will pay R15. City Press