Bidvest Wits likely to part ways with Faty due to health issues

The lanky attacker did not manage to complete the last part of last season with the Clever Boys after health issues forced him to sit out the rest of the campaign.

Absa Premiership side Bidvest Wits are contemplating releasing Burundian international midfielder Papy Faty

The club is to meet the 26-year-old midfielder soon regarding his future. He collapsed during the game when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United at home last season and again in a practice match against SuperSport United last December.

It’s believed that both instances came because of a heart condition. Coach Gavin Hunt says he would hate to lose his services, but at the end of the day they have to consider his health and do what’s right.

“A decision will be made on Papy. He is still under contract and I would hate to lose a player of his ability. But we have to consider his health and do what is right for the player,” Hunt told Daily Sun.

The Students will begin their pre-season training on Monday, and while they have quietly strengthened their team, they are not keen to go ‘mad’ in the transfer market and splash big cash that they don’t have on players.

Hunt says they will have to be clever and try and get some players who are available on a free transfer in gearing up for the upcoming season.

“I need to strengthen the squad for the new season, but we’re not going mad in the transfer market, as we don’t have cash to buy players.

“So I will have to work clever, do some free deals and see who is available,” Hunt said.

Thus far, they have only signed Eleazar Rodgers and Pentjie Zulu from Platinum Stars and Jomo Cosmos respectively.

They have released New Zealander Kris Bright, Joaquim Lupeta, Calvin Kadi, Keaghan Jacobs and veteran Dillon Sheppard to Ajax Cape Town.

As for Namibian striker Henrico Botes, he has rejoined Platinum Stars and Zimbabwean Onismor Bhasera has joined SuperSport United.

Captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, James Keene and the exciting youngster Phakamani Mahlambi are still out nursing injuries that cut short their time on the field last season.