Kaizer Chiefs have been forced to sit back and watch their rivals beef up their squad for the new season as the club is banned from making any signings.
However, new head coach Gavin Hunt maintains he is confident with the squad that he has at his disposal.
Hunt, who replaced Ernst Middendorp, is tasked with guiding the Glamour Boys back to the pinnacle of South African football as the club hasn’t tasted success in five successive seasons, their longest trophy drought.
The Soweto giants are not be allowed to bring any players to Naturena during the ongoing transfer window as they were found guilty of signing Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana back in 2018 when the Madagascan already had a contract with Fosa Juniors.
Chiefs launched an appeal soon after the ban in February but it is still up in the air as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) are yet to make their ruling. But Hunt, a four-time league winner believes the ban won’t prevent his men from chasing silverware.
“I have been well received at the club. Everything is in place to be successful. We know the situation, of the signing of players and everything,” said Hunt ahead of Amakhosi’s MTN8 quarter-final encounter against Maritzburg United on Sunday at FNB Stadium.
“But we’ve got a squad that did very well last year but was very unfortunate. So, we’ll try to work on that. Hopefully, the ruling will be made sooner rather than later.
“There’s not much I can really say about the whole thing, but the players have been committed at training. But the proof will be there on Sunday. I haven’t been here for long, but there’s no time for excuses. The good thing is I know the league and players.”
Hunt will be assisted by Dillion Sheppard and Arthur Zwane. “There were a lot of backward and forward turns of the staff before I came.
“Arthur has been here, and I know him very well. He’s been (a) great help so far and I am sure that we can get better with time,” added Hunt.
The former Bidvest Wits and SuperSport coach is well aware that Maritzburg won’t be pushovers as they have beaten Chiefs twice last season.
“I don’t think they’ll be any different compared to last season. They’ll be competitive,” he said.
“I know what to expect and hopefully we can get the players to a situation they can understand – which I know they do.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi