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SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt would not openly admit it, but Bloemfontein Celtic's current poor league form could be comforting for him ahead of their Telkom Knockout clash on Sunday. The two meet at Super Stadium at 3pm.
At training yesterday, Hunt said the mind-set of the players will be a big factor in determining who is left standing after 90 minutes. But what is certain is his determination to reclaim the team's status as cup kings.
Their 5-0 demolition of Maritzburg United last week - done without some of his regulars - showed what an awesome outfit United are, though an element of complacency might have crept in when they lost 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town at the weekend.
"If I knew why teams win by such a large margin and then go on to lose the next match, I'd be coaching Real Madrid by now," Hunt said.
"Last year, we were two minutes from the finals, and then we let it go just like that.
"I believe we have versatility and determination in this team and luckily I have a few of the players I did not have who will be back against Celtic."
Inspirational left-back Tsietsi Mahoa, Glen Salmon, Shane Poggenpoel, Daine Klate and Dennis Masina were all missing.
Midfielders Letladi Madubanya and Masibuzane Zongo said they will continue to challenge for first-team action.
"The Celtic match will be difficult but we plan to have another great day of football, like we did against Maritzburg. They will come out wanting revenge for beating them last time, but we will be ready," said Madubanya.
Anthony Laffor said his team cannot afford to lose two matches in a row, but he is wary of Celtic's John Maduka.
"He is intelligent and has given me problems before," Laffor said.