Gavin Hunt Kaizer Chiefs

Gavin Hunt (Head Coach) of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 game between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on 10 March 2021 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Gavin Hunt wraps up Kaizer Chiefs preparations for Stellies clash – watch

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has wrapped up his preparations for Amakhosi’s DStv Premiership clash against Stellenbosch FC.

Gavin Hunt Kaizer Chiefs

Gavin Hunt (Head Coach) of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 game between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on 10 March 2021 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt wrapped up his preparations for Amakhosi’s DStv Premiership clash against Stellenbosch FC with a training session on Monday.

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Despite the public holiday, Amakhosi have kept up the intensity and are not letting up as they get ready for a busy month ahead.

Hunt is concentrated on Kaizer Chiefs’ next assignment and is hoping for Amakhosi to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches as he targets a third victory in all competitions.

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The coach is not too concerned with his team having to play a few days after a draining CAF Champions League clash against Wydad Athletic Club.

“It’s right on top of us, but it’s okay,” explained an upbeat Hunt after the training session.

“We just had a little bit of a light work out and we will go again on Tuesday night.”

Gavin Hunt is also happy to have Eric Mathoho back for the Stellenbosch FC clash after the star defender missed the Wydad victory with a tonsillitis issue.

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“Eric’s return will help us because we were short at the back. Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro are now another further two days along in their recovery, that also helps.”

Hunt says he is not really concerned with the fact that his opponents – who Kaizer Chiefs drew 0-0 with back on 23 January – are well rested, having last played their last league game on 19 March.

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When quizzed about facing a well-rested team who have had three weeks to recharge, Hunt said: “There’s always a question of whether it’s good to play often of have breaks. I always say its harder if teams are resting. We can’t look at that though, we have to worry about ourselves. We drew with them earlier. They are a workman like team – an awkward team to play against, but they are well-organised. When we met in the first round, we had chances and they had chances. That’s all gone now, and we only have to worry about today.”

After the Stellenbosch game, Kaizer Chiefs will have 10 league matches remaining as they enter the final third of their season.

For the Kaizer Chiefs mentor, each league match takes on added importance, keeping in line with Amakhosi’s goal of aiming to finish as high up the table as possible.

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The four-time league title-winning coach feels his team is ready for this critical phase of the league.

“Every game is critical,” Hunt said.

“We have 11 games left and we are fighting on two fronts. Let’s go and finish well. We are not worrying about the CAF Champions League until Wednesday. Teams beneath us in the league won over the weekend, so we need to get ourselves up. We want to certainly be in the top half of the league.”

The DStv Premiership encounter at the FNB Stadium will kick off at 17:00.