Kaizer Chiefs’ problems this season have been rooted in the team’s inability to perform well at home and convert the many goalscoring chances they create, head coach Gavin Hunt said.
While they have managed to find a measure of consistency away from home, the moment they are in their comfort zone in Soweto, things go awry as they have only managed to win two of their 15 home matches this season.
It’s an issue uppermost in the mind of Hunt. “We are really struggling here [at FNB Stadium]. Away from home, we are much better,” he said after ‘Amakhosi’ played out to a goalless draw in their first match of the Caf Champions League group stage against Horoya AC at FNB on Tuesday evening.
On the road, Chiefs have registered five victories in 10 matches. And having endured a six-game winless streak in their domestic campaign, Hunt’s men wanted a change of fortunes in continental football, but they settled for a share of the spoils as they were not clinical versus Horoya.
“But ja‚ sometimes it’s going to take a ball to ricochet off somebody for us to score. A bit disappointed with the result. I thought we did enough to win the game‚ but it didn’t happen‚” added Hunt.
“That’s how it goes in football. And the ones who survive are the stronger ones. As long as we create the opportunities … and maybe in the first half we didn’t create enough‚ where I think our final ball was not good enough.
“But once we got the synergy a bit better‚ we wanted to get the midfield players wide – because we don’t really have wide players‚ and we wanted to get the central players in those areas – then it was much better in the second half.
“The plan from the start was to try and do that but it’s not a natural thing for some players.
Horoya‚ who beat comfortably Petro de Luanda 2-0 in Guinea in their opener‚ lead Group C with four points. Chiefs, on the other hand, are third with just a point.
‘The Glamour Boys’ are looking for redemption in the Champions League as they are under the cosh in the league – ninth on the log standings after 17 matches with four wins.
But it only gets harder for Chiefs as they are expected to take on Wydad Casablanca in their next group stage clash at a neutral venue in Burkina Faso at Stade du 4 Août on Sunday.
The encounter was postponed two weeks ago after Morocco’s authorities declined visas to Chiefs due to Covid-19 health concerns.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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