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Gavin Hunt explains James Keene absence

Posted: 1 May 2016 Time: 09:27

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has explained why striker James Keene sat out their match against Chippa United.

The Clever Boys’ title hopes took a dent after the Chilli Boys held them to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home on Saturday evening.

Hunt opted to start with the experience of Henrico Botes, but quickly changed things around by bringing on Joaquim Lupeta at half-time, leaving Keene on the bench.

“He [Keene] is not fully fit; I've got a game on Tuesday. We’re struggling with our front players so I've got to rotate with him and Botes,” explained Hunt when asked whether he wasn't tempted to throw the Englishman on.

“[Throwing him on] would throw the balance of the team off, and then it's a counter-attack game... But we should have won 3-1; what more do you want?”

Hunt also went on to question the penalty decisions made by the referee after Nazeer Allie was brought down inside the box in the 70th minute.

"That’s a penalty? No? Yes? I don't know..."

Another incident was the collapse of midfielder Papy Faty in the first half, and Hunt says he can't explain what's wrong with him.

“Yeah, we've just got to be careful [with Papy]; he's just come back from a long lay-off so we've got to protect him a little bit," he added. “I don’t know what exactly is wrong with him... I'm a football coach.”

Article by: Chad Klate
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