Complacency will not be an issue for Kaizer Chiefs as head coach Gavin Hunt gave his players a sobering wake-up call ahead of the new campaign.
With his strict, no-nonsense approach, Hunt put the ‘Glamour Boys’ through their paces in pre-season training with his two assistants Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard as the club continues to get ready for the 2020/21 season.
Chiefs get their season underway on Sunday, 18 October against Maritzburg United in the MTN8 quarterfinals at the iconic FNB Stadium.
Veteran defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele has described Hunt, the man who handed him his first professional contract in the 2006/2007 season at Moroka Swallows as ‘different’.
According to Mphahlele, one thing that is already crystal clear at Naturena is if you don’t pull your socks up and work like a Trojan, you are more likely to spend the entire season watching from the stands.
“Hunt has been in the game for long. He knows what South African soccer is all about. He’s a proven winner,” said Mphahlele.
“He’s different. He pushes us hard and clearly wants the best out of everyone. One thing is clear, if you don’t work hard, you won’t be part of the matchday team.”
In the previous campaign, Mphahlele started in one league match while coming on as a substitute in five other encounters. It was a tough season for the Bafana Bafana right back, not only due to the lack of game time but also because Chiefs failed to clinch the league title, slipping up in the last day of the season.
“It was an agonising ending to the season. We all agree on that. Now, we just want to play and make things right,” admits Mphahlele.
The Ga-Mphahlele-born defender went on to state that Hunt is “very precise in what he wants”.
“From the first day of training, Hunt went straight into tactics. For sure, we are running a lot, but it is mostly with the ball. He also wants training sessions to be done in a certain way, with high intensity.
“We concentrate on what to do when we have the ball, what to do when we don’t have the ball and how to break down opponents,” he concluded.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi