The Cape Town-born goalkeeper tells Goal that the match against Mauritian champions Pamplemousses on Wednesday night will not be easy
Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet says he expects a tough encounter in Mauritius as they visit Pamplemousses in the second leg of the Caf Champions League preliminary round.
The Clever Boys won the first leg 2-0 at home, and the Bafana Bafana international has warned they have to give their opponents the respect they need.
While a 2-0 win at home is a healthy lead when it comes to continental football, Keet reckons they have to remain disciplined throughout the game on Wednesday night.
Wits are yet to reach the group stages of the competition – they beat Reunion’s Saint Louisienne in the preliminary rounds and lost to Egyptian side Al Ahly in the first round on aggregate in 2017.
“Look, we expect a tough game against them (Pamplemousses). They are at home and we know the challenges of playing in Africa,” Keet told Goal.
“We have to be at our best, show hunger and hopefully we follow the instructions from the coach and get a positive result on the day. We know we have struggled in the Champions League and this year, we are close to playing in the group stages,” added the 28-year-old.
“The mission stays the same; we want to do well and go as far as we can, but that needs hard work and we are up for it,” said Keet.
Speaking about their fine form in the league, Keet said hard work from the technical team and the players has helped the reigning Premier Soccer League champions.
Despite having a poor start to their PSL title defence campaign, the Braamfontein-based side now sits 10th on the PSL log table after bagging four wins and two draws since the start of the year.
“I can’t really single out one thing about us, but I can say we have worked hard as a team and the technical team,” added the former KV Kortrijk keeper.
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“I think hard work is what really helped us to turn the corner and you also know some of our guys were injured in the first round,” said Keet.
The shot-stopper admits that Edwin Gyimah’s arrival has boosted the team: “He has come in and helped us a lot and the guys upfront are scoring goals, which I believe we were unlucky in the first round.”
“I hope we will continue working hard until the end of the season. We can’t look back now,” concluded the keeper.