Local News 22.9.2016 11:51 am

Hunt content with Wits’ fast start

Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Gavin Hunt is satisfied with Bidvest Wits’ fast start to the season, but has also warned that his charges have “done nothing yet”.

The Clever Boys’ 2-0 win at Baroka FC on Tuesday night gave them a first away victory of the season and moved them alongside Orlando Pirates at the top of the fledgling Absa Premiership table.

“I was very happy, it was a very difficult game, the normal story away from home, on a greasy, bumpy pitch,” said Hunt.

“We played well and controlled the tempo, they put a lot of pressure on us but we held on.

“We are chugging along but we have done nothing yet, we have just got off to a good start.”

Wits have also reached the MTN8 final, which gives Hunt a great shot at a first trophy in his time at the club. He is under pressure to win silverware after three barren seasons, even though Wits have finished consistently in the league’s top three while he has been in charge.

“It is a trophy and you do get judged on that … at the end of the day you should be judged on where the team is, but it doesn’t win you any favours, people want to see the trophy cabinet. But we will worry about that (the final) next week, we have another two league games first.”

Wits will play Pirates on Saturday in an appetising encounter, as the Clever Boys look to take down another Soweto giant at home, having beaten Kaizer Chiefs in their first league match.
“They (Pirates) have also started very well, you can see a huge improvement,” said Hunt.

“They are a good side, they must be hurting from last night (Pirates were held at home by Cape Town City). We know what to expect, we are under no illusions, Muhsin is a good coach.”

Wits have made a raft of new signings in pursuit of glory and they have done well, with Cuthbert Malajila and Thabang Monare both scoring against Baroka.



FS Stars 0-2 Chiefs
Arrows 1-1 SuperSport Utd
Baroka 1-4 Chippa Utd
Highlands 1-1 CT City


Arrows vs Chippa Utd
FS Stars vs Maritzburg Utd
P Stars vs Celtic
Chiefs vs Ajax CT

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Kaizer Chiefs 5 10
2 Arrows 5 10
3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
5 Polokwane City 5 8
6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1