Coach hopes good form against big clubs continues against Downs

Hunt still optimistic of top 8 finish for Chiefs

Neville Khoza Journalist
Taariq Fielies of Cape Town City challenges Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City on the 21 April 2021 at FNB Stadium.
Taariq Fielies of Cape Town City challenges Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City on the 21 April 2021 at FNB Stadium.
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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt admits that they continue to make it tough to finish in the top eight as they drop points they should be collecting.

This follows their 1-2 defeat to Cape Town City at FNB Stadium on Wednesday. The loss came at the back of their 1-1 draw against Baroka before the City match.

Ahead of their mouth-watering match against unbeaten log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday, Chiefs find themselves in an unfamiliar 11th position in the DStv Premiership log table with 25 points from 22 matches.

And Hunt feels it will take a lot of hard work to finish in the top eight. “Now it is going to be tough, but it is going to be tight [as] everybody plays everybody,” Hunt told the media after the match.

“The loss is the most disappointing thing, in the first half, I thought we were off, but we still had one or two good chances. Bernard Parker missed in the first half there.

“Then we got ourselves two goals down, which we came back well. We had a lot of fights and were very unfortunate not to get a draw.”

What disappoints Hunt the most is how Chiefs started the game against City. The Citizens took control of the match, with the Amakhosi struggling to get going earlier on.

They only started playing in the second half when City were leading 2-0, and the 56-year-old is demanding some improvement against Sundowns on Sunday.

“Hugely frustrated [about the start], I know what needed to be done. But we were still asleep in the beginning, and I have to get that right. We need to be better from the start of the games, that's for sure.”

Fixtures

Tonight 

Maritzburg v Baroka, Harry Gwala Stadium (5pm)

Tomorrow

Leopards v SuperSport, Thohoyandou Stadium (3pm); Stellenbosch v Celtic, Danie Craven Stadium (3pm); AmaZulu v Galaxy, Kings Park Stadium (5pm); Cape Town City v Tshakhuma, Cape Town Stadium (5pm); Swallows v Pirates, Dobsonville Stadium (5pm)

Sunday

Sundowns v Chiefs, Loftus Versfeld Stadium (3pm); Chippa v Arrows, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (3pm)

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