Papy Faty of Bidvest Wits(17) celebrates with teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Bidvest Wits on 26 April 2016 at Lucas Moripe Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
Wednesday Apr 27, 2016. 11:02
Bidvest Wits midfielder Papy Faty returned to first team football with a bang, netting a brace in a 2-0 win over SuperSport United on Tuesday.
Faty, 25, opened the scoring with a crisp strike on 36 minutes, before sealing all three points for the Clever Boys with eight minutes of regulation time remaining.
The Burundi international had missed four months of football, but having returned to fitness the midfielder requested to start against Matsatsantsa - Gavin Hunt duly obliged.
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"After so long I've been out, first of all I have to thank my wife for giving me courage and to keep me going. I had a hard time. Thanks also to Gavin Hunt for believing in me and giving me a chance," said Faty in the aftermath.
"Thanks to Farouk Khan for allowing me to train with them (Starts of Africa Football Academy), to get my fitness up, I thank God - thanks for the performance today.
Faty continued:"After the game against Free State Stars, the next day I asked Gavin to give me a chance. I think the team needed me, I did my best.
"It was tough for me because the youngsters have been working so hard, to take their position. Well done to the boys and thank you for giving me that fighting spirit."
Bidvest Wits haven't lost a league game in which Faty has played this season, proof of his value to the team:
"When I said we missed Papy - that is what I am talking about," Hunt added.
Victory for Bidvest Wits closes the gap on Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to three points.