Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters backs Bidvest Wits for the title


Walters says this term’s Absa Premiership campaign has yielded one of the closest title races that he can remember in his 11 years of playing topflight football.

The Clever Boys - who top the log with 41 points from 20 matches - have come close on two occasions to winning the league but fallen short in the past. Walters, however, strongly believes that Wits are now favourites to go all the way in 2016/17.

“Gone are the days of the two-horse races between teams like Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as it’s now definitely a three, four or even five-horse race. If you look at SuperSport, Wits, ourselves and Chiefs and Sundowns are all in with a shout,” Walters tells

“But I’m expecting Gavin [Hunt] to walk away with the title this season as his Wits side are the biggest threat. Gavin knows the Premier League very well, especially the back end of the season.

“He knows how and when to peak and what it takes to win titles. I would be very surprised if Wits don’t win the title this season.”

City, who trail Wits by two points and have played an extra match, will be in action for the first time since the international break when they host 10th-placed Chippa United tonight at Athlone Stadium.

Walters says it is important for The Citizens to get back to winning ways against The Chilli Boys after they were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup by minnows Acornbush United and drew 0-0 with Bloemfontein Celtic in their previous league encounter.

“Look, we know what we want and what’s expected from us so it’s just a matter of going out there and getting the job done,” says Walters.

“We’re still taking it one game at a time. It’s important that we do not put too much pressure on ourselves, you know. We are a bit disappointed for the result against Celtic as we could have picked up maximum points in that game but we’ll not delve too much in the past.”

Walters’ consistent performances for City thus far did also not go unnoticed this season as he was recently rewarded with another Bafana Bafana call-up at the age of 35 years.

“I’m really excited to be part of the national set-up and I really enjoyed it thoroughly. A lot of credit needs to go to my team and manager as well. Our honest performances for our club this season made it possible for me to get the call-up.

“I was a bit disappointed as I would have loved to have played for Bafana but I understand the game and why the national coach Owen da Gama made the changes he did.

“All I can do is put my head down and work hard as there’s always someone important watching, you know. Bafana is playing a lot of games and maybe I can still gain some experience in the national team in the Cosafa Cup in the future," Walters concludes.