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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.

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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."

Article by: Katlego Modiba
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