A little while back, Gavin Hunt did not shy away from criticising Lazarous Kambole for his underwhelming performances since joining Kaizer Chiefs and urged the Zambian star to change his attitude and work harder.
Hunt insisted that Kambole “can do better” and on Sunday afternoon in the Soweto Derby at the FNB Stadium, the Zambian international toiled the entire game – put in a good shift and Chiefs head coach had high praise for the striker’s effort, defensively and offensively in the 1-0 win over Pirates.
Kambole, who covered the most distance out of the Chiefs players (10,94km) and provided the assist to Samir Nurkovic’s wonder-strike from an overhead kick in the 54th minute of the game.
“He was excellent in the second half defensively which we had to be because they overloaded, mainly their left side and he did well as a right-sided player. Kambole got us the goal as well and that was important – the corner kick,” said Hunt.
“We denied them (Pirates) a lot of opportunities, which was the most important thing, I don’t think our goalkeeper (Daniel Akpeyi) made a save, which is good, we will get better.
“The win was well deserved, it is huge, I mean our situation in the league is not very good, we need to get ourselves up the log, we have had too many draws.
“There are games where we played better this year and lost, so football is a funny game, but our shape was better, disciplined, and patient,” added the Chiefs mentor.
Hunt’s first victory over Pirates as Chiefs coach sees them move to 23 points in ninth place after 19 matches with five wins, eight draws, and six defeats.
Gavin Hunt has now won a league game against Pirates with five different teams. Hellenic, Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United, BidVest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs.
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) March 21, 2021
“That’s got to be a given (top-eight finish), we have to get there, it is going to be a big ask but once we get this programme out of the way (Caf Champions League) we can obviously try and focus but we need to turn draws into victories,” concluded Hunt.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi