Wits coach Hunt: Nhlapo was good to go against Ajax CT in MTN8 semi-final after armed robbery
Posted: 31 August 2015 Time: 13:17
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is adamant defender Siyabonga Nhlapo was in the right frame of mind to play in Sunday's MTN8 semi-final 1-0 loss to Ajax Cape Town despite having been robbed of R50 000 at gunpoint three days earlier.
Nhlapo was given his marching orders after he clattered into Toriq Losper to give away a penalty early in the first half.
Nathan Paulse put away the resultant spot-kick to give the Urban Warriors a 2-1 aggregate win and book a spot in the Final against Kaizer Chiefs.
Hunt insists the Bafana Bafana right-back was mentally fit to take to the field in what was a delicately poised encounter with the score tied at 1-1 after the first leg.
"All I can do is trust them [players]. Yes, we had a chat and it's one of those things and he said he's fine to play and I said okay.
"Yeah, sure [I considered leaving him out] but you make those decisions then you live and die with them. You have to trust your players and I trust my players.
"Obviously the red card changed the game what do you think? There was no game after the red card, the game was dead," he fumed. "It was a red card but in the first leg their keeper [Anssi Jakkolla] clattered into [Henrico] Botes [no red card] but there's no excuses, we lost."