Category : Football | Posted on 2020-10-16 By : Mpendulo Sithole Image : KaizerChiefs/Twitter
Kaizer Chiefs new head coach Gavin Hunt is ready to make his debut for the club when his side lock horns against Maritzburg United for their MTN8 Quarterfinals game to be played this Saturday at FNB Stadium, kick-off is at 15h00.
Hunt, who is one of the most decorated coaches in South African football, came to Chiefs after having a successful spell with the now-defunct Bidvest Wits. The fans are already expecting the prominent coach to deliver silverware and bring back glory days at Naturena after five years of trophy drought.
However, in order for them to be a step closer to winning silverware, the 56-year-old tactician and his charges will try to commence their 2020/21 campaign with a victory over the ‘Team of Choice’. Maritzburg United have shown a marvellous fighting spirit when playing against ‘Amakhosi’ last season and Hunt already expects a competitive game on Saturday when he faces Eric Tinkler.
“I think Maritzburg United won’t be any different, I think they’ll be competitive and well organized because they have done well for themselves last season, they did well from being a relegation team a year before and I think Eric Tinkler has done an incredible job and also made a few clever signings,” Hunt told the media during a virtual press conference.
“They have done very well against Kaizer Chiefs last season, they’ve beaten Chiefs away last season and played a draw at home, I know what to expect and hopefully I can get my players up to speed for the game and it’s a great opportunity because they have nothing to fear to be in front of us.”
Hunt will make his debut without signing any players due to the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club and they are still waiting to see if their appeal against their two transfer window ban is lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), so they can start signing players. However, Hunt is confident to get the job done with the current squad as the club waits for CAS response.
“We got a squad that did very well last year, very unfortunate. So we will try to work with that and, hopefully, the ruling will be made sooner rather than later,” Hunt added.
“It is very difficult to try and sign players and promise them that the ban will be lifted. That's very difficult from that perspective. If you look at the flip side, I think it is important for a lot of players who were here last year to prove again that they can do it.”
“That’s an opportunity. It is the same squad, no new or players who have left. Players must realise that this is an opportunity to prove again that they can do it if they want to do it.”
“You see daily players going around [to other clubs] because they cannot sit and say Kaizer Chiefs will sign them, but I’m very confident is some of the players we’ve got and I’m sure they have a lot to prove as well,” he concluded.