Gavin Hunt

Kaizer Chiefs’ drama in the CAF Champions League has been resolved … or has it?

Kaizer Chiefs news: ‘Barcelona will struggle in Africa’ – Gavin Hunt

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt believes even a team of Barcelona’s pedigree will struggle in ‘tough’ African club competitions

Gavin Hunt

Kaizer Chiefs’ drama in the CAF Champions League has been resolved … or has it?

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt has opened up regarding the time wasting and cheating that takes place in African club competitions.

Kaizer Chiefs pulled off a stunning 1-0 home victory over Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca at the FNB stadium but the match was filled with drama.

Hunt’s Kaizer Chiefs side were reduced to nine-men before the final whistle with marksman Samir Nurkovic and shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi being sent for early showers.

While Akpeyi’s sending off was a clear one with the Nigerian goalkeeper handling the ball outside of the box with his hands, Nurkovic’s second yellow card came in rather dubious circumstances.

The Kaizer Chiefs striker went up to challenge for a header with Amine Farhane and much like many other Wydad Casablanca players on the night, the defender went down crying in pain after limited contact.

Barcelona will struggle in African football – Kaizer Chiefs head coach

“It’s crazy. It’s just part and parcel. I’ve always said even Barcelona would struggle in Africa, because it’s tough.” – Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt said following the match.

“I don’t want to say how the red card came about, but it’s very disappointing. It was very disappointing how he got a red card because I think you’ve got to be honest in a game, and there was a lot of dishonesty there. And that’s disappointing.

“But, you know, when you play in the CAF competitions you’ve got to be strong, and when you go away you’re going to get more of that. We as Kaizer Chiefs have to be prepared for such.”

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Gavin Hunt’s side are in action today in the DStv Premiership when they host Stellenbosch this evening. They’ll then jet off to Guinea for their final CAF Champions League group stage clash against Horoya.

A win, or a draw in which a goal is scored will be enough for Kaizer Chiefs to book their place in the last eight of the competition. They’ll be without the services of the suspended Nurkovic and Akpeyi.