Having been tasked with the role of leading the team back to championship material, Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt admits that his charges will have to put in plenty of hard graft to challenge for trophies this season.
Hunt could only watch in horror as his team chased shadows in the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday in their DStv Premiership opener at FNB Stadium.
The four-time league winning coach is in a race against time to turn what’s growing to be an underwhelming Amakhosi outfit back to the pedigree that made them the most successful team in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
“Obviously with more game intelligence, we will improve. It is not the results we were looking for but now we have to focus on the next opposition,” said the man who’s been assigned to steer Amakhosi back to greatness.
“To me there is no first game. I read a lot from any game. We have lots of work to do going forward. But don’t forget we played against the best team in the league in Sundowns.”
“We know where the problems are, we know the problems from day one. But it is what it is. So, we have to dust ourselves off and go again. We have to knuckle down and see what we got and take it from there,” added Hunt.
The Glamour Boys don’t have much time to rest as they have to travel to Port Elizabeth to face Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday night.
“I watched Chippa in their match on Saturday night. Chippa is totally a different side compared to Sundowns. They will be a different challenge,” concluded Hunt.
The Soweto giants are still awaiting the outcome of their transfer ban appeal from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
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