Gavin hunts for Soweto Derby victory


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt has admitted his side have a long way to go ahead of the weekend derby showdown.

The newly appointed Chiefs mentor is looking forward to the MTN8 first leg semi-final against rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday at Orlando Stadium. The game will kick-off at 15h00.

“We just returned from Port Elizabeth so we are looking forward to the game. There’s not much time to prepare the team, but we will do a bit of a light training session tomorrow and play on Saturday,” Hunt told the media.

This will be Hunt’s first Soweto Derby as Amakhosi head coach. He has not been impressed with the team’s performance in the opening two games of the DStv Premiership. Chiefs succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sundowns in their opening game before a slender 1-0 win over Chippa United on Tuesday night, thanks to an own goal from Gregory Damons.

“We could have made the game safer much earlier. I do not know how many chances we missed in the first half. If we had scored earlier, it could have made it easy and given us an opportunity to experiment with a few things in the second half,” he said.

“We have a huge game on Saturday against Pirates. I am disappointed that we have not scored a goal from our strikers but let us win more games and collect points and get ourselves on the leader board. Anyone could have got a few goals but we will work on that. The team first and individual performances will follow.”

With three official games under his belt as Amakhosi’s mentor, Hunt believes that there were more signs of a proper team on Tuesday, therefore it will give them a chance stand toe-to-toe against Josef Zinnbauer’s side.

The 56-year-old admits that there is pressure in every game and it doesn’t matter which team you coach. However, there is a lot of expectations when you are coaching a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ caliber.

“Let us see how it goes, consistency is the most important thing in the game,” concludes Hunt.

By Mauwane Raophala

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