Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt to give Confed Cup a bash after Champions League exit
Posted: 20 March 2017 Time: 13:07
Gavin Hunt insists Bidvest Wits will apply themselves to the maximum in the CAF Confederation Cup following their drop to the continent’s second-tier club competition.
Teams knocked out in the Champions League round prior to the group stages are downgraded to the Confederation Cup, which is what has happened now with Wits following their 1-0 aggregate defeat to Al-Ahly on Sunday.
In the Confederation Cup they will play at the Play-Off stage next month against one of 16 teams that originally started off in the same competition.
Wits’ opponents will be determined by a CAF draw.
“We will give it a go again because I think the games are better spaced and very even now and you got a better chance of playing a strong squad in these games. We will still compete and give a go in the next leg. We are disappointed but we have to pick ourselves up and have a go in the Confeds,” says Hunt, who has often been criticised for not showing enough ambition in continental football.
Even with Wits out the Champions’ League, Hunt feels it was a beneficial experience.
“Obviously disappointed that we lost [against Ahly] but I feel we put up a good fight over the two legs against a team like that. Hopefully we will learn from these kind of experiences. We have to learn from these kind of experiences. As you can see it doesn’t take much to play here, it takes good discipline. They were very disciplined and they got through and that is why they are the biggest club in Africa. That is how they win things, they know how to win things, you can’t take that away. You got to give them credit.
“If you watch them play they keep their discipline and shape. Their distances are the best and in the PSL there are no distances, it is mix masala and that is what we need to learn in our football. We need to get our football better by being disciplined in our approach and distances. They do that, they are excellent in that. There is no space to go through. We played inverted wingers so that we play through them which works but it only works when you win because then I am clever.
“They know how to play these games and for that you have to give them credit. I thought their shape and discipline was excellent. When you play in Africa this is what you get. A little bit of craft and inventiveness in the final third then you will do well, but we haven’t had that over the two legs and that is why we haven’t scored,” details Hunt.