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SuerSport United coach Gavin Hunt at the Harry Gwala Stadium after facing Royal AM. Image: @officialPSL/X

SuperSport coach Hunt fears losing key players to Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns

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Orlando Pirates Gavin Hunt SuperSport

SuerSport United coach Gavin Hunt at the Harry Gwala Stadium after facing Royal AM. Image: @officialPSL/X

SuperSport boss Gavin Hunt sounds resigned to losing at least two more key players with Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs circling.

Gavin Hunt knows that Matsatsantsa need to balance the books

Via The Citizen, SuperSport head coach Gavin Hunt knows it’s inevitable that his club will let more key players leave this winter. Ime Okon, a breakout central defensive star and Shandre Campbell, one of the hottest attacking properties in South Africa, could both be off to Europe. There’s also rumoured interest from Kaizer Chiefs for Campbell. Utility defender Kegan Johannes is in talks with Orlando Pirates, but they may face competition from any of the other Big Three teams. He’s also signed a new deal, presumably to drive his price up when he eventually jumps ship.

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SuperSport United winger Shandre Campbell is dazzling the PSL. Image: The Citizen

There’s history between Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns and SuperSport

Patrick Maswanganyi, one of this season’s outstanding players, swapped SuperSport for Orlando Pirates at the start of the campaign, and outstanding left-sider Thapelo Maseko left Hunt’s team for Sundowns. The late Luke Fleurs departed Matsatsantsa for Kaizer Chiefs last year.

“The way we finished last year, it’s always difficult to improve when you’re losing players. So we built a brand new team again this year,” said Hunt who is resigned to another mini-sale when the season concludes.

“And some players are obviously going to go again so it’s going to be tough. If we keep all our players, we win the league don’t we? But it’s difficult financially because we have to balance our books and work on a budget.

“That’s our club, we produce the youth. 14 players are from the under 20s and that’s what we have to do. Again you will go through ups and downs and inconsistency in performances from young players but they will be better next season.”

Orlando Pirates star Patrick Maswanganyi
Patrick Maswanganyi of Orlando Pirates during the 2023 MTN8 semi-final first leg game against Stellenbosch FC at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on 3 September 2023. © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates battle Stellies for CAF Champions League, SuperSport languishing

Hunt’s team are fifth on a congested DStv Premiership table heading into the final round of fixtures. Their last assignment is against Orlando Pirates. SuperSport could ruin Pirates’ CAF Champions League aspirations, but the highest they can finish is fourth. The lowest they could potentially slide is seventh.

“We worked hard and then we took our foot out of the game. It was stressful because we could have controlled it a bit better and we didn’t but you have to take things into account,” said Hunt following the win over Moroka Swallows last time out.

“With all the chances we created, we should have made the game safe by getting the third goal which we didn’t do because 2-0 is always dangerous. They got the penalty with 20 minutes to go which was always going to be tough and maybe with the bad luck we’ve had, this helped a little bit and we saved the penalty. Over the 90 minutes, I think we deserved it.”

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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

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