After publicly slamming Sifiso Hlanti for mistakes that proved costly for Bidvest Wits against SuperSport United almost two weeks ago, coach Gavin Hunt was full of praise for the defender after he had helped Wits to keep a clean sheet and beat Black Leopards 1-0 on Tuesday evening in Braamfontein.
An irate Hunt claimed that Hlanti committed errors that have hampered Wits throughout the 2019/20 season but somehow didn’t bench the off-form Bafana Bafana international.
“Hlanti got a hammering from me last week, fantastic tonight and that’s what you want. The media hammered me for going on about him, He bounced back,” said Hunt.
Ever since the 29-year-old left-back made a comeback from a two-month lay-off after sustaining a knee injury, he is yet to miss a game and has also featured in 24 games in all competitions this season for Wits.
“He showed me in the last two games, magnificent. He was not the only one, the back four was good, solid. But we should not have had to hold on at the end,” added the Wits mentor.
Leopards applied late pressure in search of an equaliser and Hlanti was part of the Wits ‘solid’ backline that prevented the Limpopo based side from scoring as the ‘Clever Boys’ returned to winning ways and kept their title hopes alive.
However, ‘Huntie’ was “lost for words” after his side yet again failed to make use of the many opportunities created against Leopards.
“I am lost for words again, I don’t want to say too much, but you can’t create chances like that and not make it comfortable. That has been the story of our season,” Hunt said.
“We need to be better in that final third, that is where we are lacking. Our top scorer has probably got three or four goals in 30-odd games, it’s not good enough. We need to have an end product, there must be more.
‘The Clever Boys’ will next face GladAfrica Championship side Real Kings in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals on Friday night at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
By FARPost Reporter