Hunt eyes Nedbank Cup run

Wits coach: Gavin Hunt. Pic: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Gavin Hunt is relishing Bidvest Wits’ run, which will see them play in their third competition in a week on Saturday when they host Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup at Bidvest Stadium.

The Clever Boys come into the match after a 2-0 win over Moroka Swallows in the Absa Premiership, while last week Saturday they thumped Swaziland outfit Royal Leopards 3-0 in the first leg of the preliminary round in the Caf Confederation Cup. Hunt has always argued that clubs in the country don’t play enough football.

“That’s why it is so important for us to stay in the Nedbank Cup,” Hunt said. “You play the Nedbank Cup right until the end of May, your season stretches. I have been in about five of these finals. Your season continues even if you don’t win the league which is important for us.”

The Clever Boys are still in the race for the Premiership but have to make up a 10-point gap between themselves and log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who lost their first match on Tuesday.

“They are still well in control of their destiny,” Hunt said. “We have to focus on what we have to do. We just worry about ourselves. Like the old adage, we play one game at a time. We can’t get ahead of ourselves.”

A trip to Swaziland will follow the Clever Boys match on Saturday night before returning to the country to face Mamelodi Sundowns on March 3. The encounter will go a long way in deciding who will be Chiefs’ closest challenges, with the Clever Boys and the Brazilians occupying second and third place.

“It’s a three-horse race for the second place,” Hunt said. “But you can’t think about the end. If you think about the finish line than you have a problem. You have to think about what you need to do now. I don’t think our game against Sundowns will settle who finishes second. It will go right to the end. For me Sundowns have the best attacking power in the league. But there is always an opportunity to score against them.”

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