Despite his assertions that his side is in a rebuilding phase, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt hasn’t counted his men out of the Absa Premiership title race.
“We haven’t even turned the corner yet. We haven’t played 15 (games) yet. There are so many games to play. Anything can happen. It’s a long way. You can never write it off. It’s a long way to go. When you get to under 10 games to play, a lot of things happen,” said Hunt, whose fourth-placed side trail log leaders Kaizer Chiefs by 11 points.
In the last five years, Hunt’s side has always been up there contending for the title which they won during the 2016/17 season. With Wits campaigning domestically and on the continent in CAF Confederation Cup, Hunt’s squad is stretched and he is forced to blood in young players in order to be competitive.
“I can’t ask more of them. If you had said to me 13 games, 27 points, I would have taken it. I can’t ask more of them especially with what we are going through,” he said.
“They are a committed bunch. We are building a new team. We had a three, four-year circle where we went third, third, second, first then down, then third again. Now we are building again. We need to build them. We have got these kids. There are two, three coming so I will have four, five. I will work with them. Make them better and end up selling them. You know where we sell them,” said Hunt.
Wits have a tight schedule as matches are coming thick and fast for them. Wits, who have two matches in hand in the PSL, will play three matches in a space of seven days. They travel to Egypt for CAF duty against Al-Nasr on Sunday before taking on Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.
“It’s little bit heavy, you can see it. You are not that sharp. You play every two to three days but it does take its toll when you are looking for the extra ounce of energy. Obviously you want your best team. Right now we don’t have, certainly we have a lot of players out,” said Hunt.
By Hosea Ramphekwa