SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt concerned about astro turf in Maseru
Posted: 11 February 2011 Time: 11:52 am
With one foot in the next round of the CAF Champions League, SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt is concerned about how his players will handle playing on an astro turf and scorching heat in Maseru.
SuperSport take a 2-0 lead to the capital of Lesotho in Maseru against Matlama FC at the weekend. The champions will leave tomorrow afternoon following their training session, but Hunt expressed his deep concern about playing on astro turf. "The preparations are going well, but the thought of playing on an astro turf pitch makes me mad. It will be hot and the turf will not help our cause; but we will just have to soldier on," Hunt adds. SuperSport played on astro turf in Swaziland previously and Hunt says they struggled. "It is hard to control the ball. I've seen it before that's why I'm not looking forward to playing on such a pitch but at the end of the day most African countries use them so we just have to get used to the idea." Hunt tells KickOff.com about the club chairman wants them to do well in the competition. "The chairman has expressed his desire for the team to do well in this competition, so we will try our best. If we get an early goal we will unsettle them because an away goal will double the trouble for our opponents." Hunt plans to retain the majority of the players that did the business at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane two weeks ago. "It depends on who is fit and who is not, but we will take most of the players who played in the first game. I will have to look at the players that are registered and make a final decision later," he said. The reward for SuperSport, if they manage to avoid elimination at the weekend, is a mouth-watering clash against Egyptian giants and Club of the Century, Al Ahly, in the next round. Hunt does not want to be carried away and forget the task at hand, so for now the hard-to-please coach is only looking at Matlama. "I won't deny that it will be exciting to face Al Alhly, but it will be an utter disrespect if, I look forward to the next game before finishing this business," he adds.