Hunt praises Chiefs’ fighting spirit


Kaizer Chiefs showed the fighting spirit that had been lacking in recent games, a relieved but under pressure, Gavin Hunt roared after his men battled back to salvage a priceless DStv Premiership point from their 1-all draw against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Lebogang Manyama scored an 88th-minute equaliser to deny Maritzburg and coach Ernst Middendorp the bragging rights of completing a league double against his former club ‘Amakhosi’ this campaign.

Hunt was pleased with the way his troops fought back and managed to rescue a late point in a game they looked lethargic at times.

“The first-half I think we gave the ball away simply, especially on our left-hand side, you don’t expect it at this level, so we have got to be better. And then the turnover comes, and they are at you, we were playing opposite to the ball, in terms of the ball coming forward and we were going at it,” said Hunt.

“It gets behind you and then it’s a chase, they got the goal, they got the lifeline. I thought we played well the first 10 minutes, we played okay.”

The draw leaves the Soweto giants in 11th spot with just 20 points. Hunt’s men have been poor in the last six league matches as they failed to register a victory‚ with four draws and two defeats.

“We played through the lines a little better, we have to try play football, our team can’t play if it doesn’t go direct with the team that we have,” added the Chiefs mentor.

“Second-half, obviously changed it, obviously we were a totally different side. Okay, they hit the crossbar to be fair, but I mean, Nazeer Allie, he did it for me for three years, I’ve never seen a guy clear the ball off the line like that.

“Hit him straight in the head, could have gone either way, so give and take, we came back, good spread from the players, good attitude, desire, the most important thing, we showed it.

“I’m happy they got some rewards because they put it [effort] in tonight and that’s all we can do.”

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