Hunt searches for formula to end Chiefs’ bad run against Pirates


Being questioned about tactics is never Gavin Hunt’s favourite thing.

When the Kaizer Chiefs coach was politely asked about his approach for Sunday’s Soweto Derby clash against Orlando Pirates, he looked a little irked.

“People talk about tactics, I beg to differ. We just have to be clear in what we want to do, have an understanding, that is very important,” said Hunt, who was in a belligerent mood at a pre-match press conference this week.

Chiefs have battled to beat Pirates in recent times with Hunt in charge but the DStv Premiership encounter between the two Soweto giants presents yet another opportunity for ‘Amakhosi’ to restore their fading dignity.

Pirates are favourites heading into the Derby, which is the fourth of the season as they have defeated Chiefs in all three meetings this campaign, twice in the MTN8 cup and once in the league.

“We are all disappointed, internally in the club, the players, the staff and we obviously want to be better, we have to be real and realistic about these things and if anybody is more disappointed than me, then I find that hard to believe,” said Hunt.

The Chiefs mentor does not believe his troops need to change their approach against Pirates, they simply need to execute their plans better instead.

“I don’t think I have ever lost to Pirates three times in my life, it is disappointing but have to look forward and we have to correct these mistakes and just do better.”

Hunt’s men are 11th on the log standings after 18 matches.

“The scoreline looks bad but if you look at the games, I think we had enough chances to score but we didn’t take them in all the three games this season. The approach will be pretty much the same,” added Hunt.

Since the 4-0 defeat by African giants Wydad Casablanca in the Caf Champions League group stage late last month, Chiefs have enjoyed a good run of form – unbeaten in their last three matches with a win and two draws.

“We are going to try to be positive and get a positive result on Sunday, it is important for us,” concluded Hunt.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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