JOHANNESBURG — BENJANI Mwaruwari will not be fit in time to play for Bidvest Wits in the opening match of the MTN8 tomorrow due to hamstring strain, club officials confirmed yesterday. Wits host Bloemfontein Celtic in the opening quarter-final tomorrow. Scans taken after Mwaruwari was injured at the weekend have revealed no serious damage but enough to ensure he will be absent from Wits’ attack for the first cup assignment of the new season.
Mwaruwari had to be taken off at half-time of the goalless draw against Platinum Stars as the club began their new Absa Premiership season away on Sunday.
The veteran Zimbabwe international, who signed after a brief spell with Chippa United last season, has been highly rated by coach Gavin Hunt and chosen to lead their attack this season despite the fact he is turning 35 next week. Mwaruwari was replaced by new Ethiopian signing Getaneh Kebede, who made a strong impression in the second half.
Wits will also be without another Zimbabwean international Denver Mukamba, red-carded in the last seven minutes of the match at Stars, plus defender Siboniso Gumede, still sitting out a suspension that was held over from last season.
But new coach Gavin Hunt will have Musa Bilankulu available after suspension ruled him out of the first clash of the season at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
Tomorrow’s MTN8 tie will be Bilankulu’s debut for his new club. — Supersport.