Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt concerned by Telkom Knockout progress following win over Baroka
Posted: 6 November 2017 Time: 11:30
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt says he is unsure if it's a good thing for his side to qualify for the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.
The Clever Boys will host Kaizer Chiefs in the last-four of the competition on the weekend of November 18/19 after beating Baroka FC 1-0 at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.
However, Hunt is concerned with how his squad will cope after the FIFA break, as they also have league fixtures with Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns on November 21 and 24 respectively.
“I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing to get through, I really don't,” said Hunt.
“It may be a bad thing because with our squad‚ to have three games in six days‚ including Sundowns and Maritzburg and a semi-final‚ I don’t know‚ maybe we’ll play the Under-19s in the semi-final.”
Wits' injury list lengthened when Nazeer Allie hurt his hamstring against Baroka FC. Eleazar Rodgers, Daylon Claasen and Ben Motshwari are also on the sidelines, as is suspended striker Hellings Mhango.
“There you go. It looks like a hamstring. A hamstring is three or four weeks. I mean‚ we can’t keep a team on the field,” Hunt said.
“Listen‚ we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We are where we are because of the results, simple as that. But circumstances haven’t been good.
“I think on the field it’s about keeping a team together that we can work with‚ that we know was successful for us last season. And it’s not been there.
“I mean Gabadinho Mhango, Eleazar Rodgers‚ Daylon Claasen, they are out. Ben Motshwari, all the people that got legs for us.”