Solomons' game plan succeeded against Wits


The First Division Inland Stream outfit beat Bidvest Wits in their own backyard to march into the quarter finals of South Africa’s most lucrative cup competition.

Winners Park caused a major upset when they beat the Students 5-4 in penalty shootouts.

Speaking to afterwards, Solomons said this was a well deserved victory for his team and had his players taken their chances they could have wrapped up the game during regulation time.

“I had only three training sessions with the team and I am happy with the way the players responded to the tactics last night.

“I know how Wits play and so we ensured that we minimised fouls near our danger zones because that is where they are dangerous.

“The guys showed discipline and stuck to the game plan throughout the match. Even during extra time there were opportunities which I felt should have buried. The game should never have gone to penalties.

“Despite the number of missed chances, there were a lot of encouraging signs in this team and we will keep on improving.”

The former Black Leopards’ coach was also quick to warn his charges not to become too excited about their victory over the Clever Boys.

“We must not be carried away because there is still a long way to go. While it is good to do well in this competition, our main focus must be on the league as we want to qualify for the play-offs.”

Wits’ coach Roger de Sa concedes that Winners Park were the better side yesterday and deserved their victory.

“We were very poor. Winners Park showed more hunger to win than us and they deserved the victory.”