Coach Gavin Hunt is not particularly pleased with how Kaizer Chiefs have been performing in his first season in charge at the club but says his troops have been giving him their all and he can’t fault them for the unfortunate results.
Well, it would also seem that the football gods are conspiring against Hunt’s men as they are in the midst of their worst ever season in the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) history in 10th place with three DStv Premiership matches remaining.
‘The Glamour Boys’ have only managed to win six of their 27 league encounters this season with their most recent result being a 1-1 stalemate against Swallows in the Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium – keeping their slender Top 8 hopes alive.
“Personally, in terms of results-wise, this year has been my worst year ever in 27 years but there’s a lot of things that we need to do,” said a defeated Hunt.
“The players are giving me a lot every day, working very hard but sometimes they can only give you so much down to how good you are. So, they’re working hard and that’s all I can ask of them.”
The Soweto giants have never concluded a season lower than ninth in the final log standings. They finished ninth on three occasions: 2001/02, 2006/07 and 2018/19. In the current season, Chiefs are two points outside of the top eight and are on a four-match winless run.
“In times of adversity, we stand up and be counted. We believe in the players we have available and we’re going to have to trust them and set up a plan and have a go. That’s all we can do,” added Hunt.
The Chiefs mentor also bemoaned his side’s long injury list. “Every game this season from the start I’ve had to make a change before half-time. It’s part and parcel. But I’ve never seen anything like this. After 20 minutes we have made two changes. So, it is a problem,” he said.
‘Amakhosi’ will next be in action on Saturday for the Caf Champions League quarter-final clash against Tanzanian giants Simba SC.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi