4-time Premier Soccer League winning coach Gavin Hunt, one of the few coaches to have overcome adversity and wrestle the title from the Gauteng Big Three says the league title might as well be handed to rivals Kaizer Chiefs who will only have themselves to blame if they fail to become champions come end of season.
“Chiefs have had‚ I mean I don’t want to talk about how they got there‚ but they’ve got a hell of a lead now. It’s for them to lose it now. It’s a big lead. ”
“Chiefs will have to lose three or four matches… they’ve only lost one. As I said‚ there’s been a lot of talk about how they got there but they’ve done this.” said Hunt.
Ernst Middendorp’s Chiefs have won 10 matches‚ lost one and drew one to sit pretty on top of the log with 31 points and a 10-point lead over the rest of the field ahead of hosting Bloemfontein Celtic at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
Hunt believes not playing in Caf competitions gives teams like Chiefs some advantage in the chase for the league title as clubs that participate in Africa face a gruelling schedule.
“It’s ok if you could get a flight to there and get out like you play in the Champions League in Europe where you fly for an hour or two. But (in Africa) you’ve got three flights to Mali. That’s the problem. To get back and then you play on a Wednesday.”
“And you’ve got to get another flight on Tuesday morning to go to Durban to play on Wednesday night. So, that’s the problem. It’s only because of the time of travelling. It’s not about the games‚ it’s about getting there and getting back.” said Hunt.
Hunt’s four league titles came with two different clubs (three consecutive with SuperSport and one with Wits).
By Gerald Dandah