Stiga hopes to achieve with Wits

Bidvest Wits veteran midfielder Stanton ‘Stiga’ Fredericks believes they can achieve success in the Telkom Knockout tournament which starts this Sunday for the Clever Boys.


“There is no reason why we cannot make it to the final. We have excellent young players who are hungry for success and veterans like me who also want glory,” the 33-year old said of their upcoming TKO last-16 match against Santos.

“After last season’s Nedbank Cup victory these players do know what it takes to achieve Cup success and so do I. I won a few trophies with Chiefs back in the day,” the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, who won the Coca-Cola Cup and league trophy, said.

Fredericks was a Clever Boy back in 1997 and left the Milpark club for Chiefs in 2001 and left them in 2004. He then moved to Russia and Greece before returning to his first club this season.

“So much has changed but there are still the familiar faces. The club has improved on and off the field, everything is managed more professionally and the club is moving forward.”

“I am here to contribute to our success and to guide the youngsters that are here. I am confident we will be a force this season.”

Wits coach Roger De Sa praised the return of Stiga – as Fredericks is popularly known – to the Bidvest Stadium.

“He is a better player than he was when he started. He has not lost any of the physical attributes and is in good shape and his experience shows,’ said De Sa.

“He is also here to guide the younger players; he is always talking to them, giving them advice and encouraging him. His professionalism is what we needed and we are all happy he has returned home.”

Wits kickoff their match at 3pm on Sunday at the Bidvest Stadium.-PSL Website

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