Bidvest Wits' Robyn Johannes says no love lost with Cape Town City

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The Absa Premiership match is scheduled to start at 19h30 at Cape Town Stadium.

The 32-year-old Cape Town-born player, who left CIty for Wits at the beginning of the season, conceded that he was rooting for the Citizens during Saturday’s MTN8 final against SuperSport United.

However, he will have to cast sentiment aside this evening.

“I was really happy that City could get their revenge over SuperSport, especially for the coach Benni [McCarthy], you know,” Johannes tells snl24.com/kickoff.

“It was heartbreaking last season when we lost on penalties. Therefore I’m very happy for the club and the coach, and of course the backroom staff that they could pull through this time round as they all deserve it.”

Johannes expects City will be full of confidence ahead of their league fixture in the Mother City and will be eager to rise from a lowly 10th on the PSL table.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates man is also well aware that City hold a psychological advantage over the Students from Braamfontein after beating them four times in one season, which also happens to be a PSL club record.

Johannes, though, says second-placed Wits are determined to bounce back following a draw with Maritzburg United and a surprise 1-0 home loss to Polokwane City in their previous two outings.

“It’s always difficult when you come up against your former teammates as both sets of players want to prove something,” Johannes says.

“It will surely be a massive test for us as City is a quality side. That said, we’re also a formidable side with quality players of our own.

“Our coach Gavin Hunt demands high standards and nothing less. Besides we need to bounce back after two disappointing results in our previous games.

“So we’ll need to rectify things by picking up three points against City. It will be a massive game and from my side I shall do everything in my power to get maximum points for us.

"I'm not just coming to Cape Town to say hi to family and friends ... I’m here for three points and nothing else.

“There’ll be no love lost against my former CIty team,” concludes Johannes.