Gavin Hunt ponders Buhle Mkhwanazi selection ahead of Kaizer Chiefs clash
Posted: 17 November 2017 Time: 20:30
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is considering handing defender Buhle Mkhwanazi his full return from injury in their crucial Telkom Knockout semi-final.
Wits will welcome Kaizer Chiefs to the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon (15h30) when the two sides battle for a place in the league cup final next month.
Hunt has been made to sweat over his team selections in recent weeks, with multiple injuries hampering his side's fight to put on a real fight to defend their maiden league title.
At the back, Hunt has tried out five different combinations in central defense thus far, but managing only three clean sheets in all competitions.
Mkhwanazi, who has been absent through a knee injury suffered in May, made his first appearance in six months during their 1-0 quarter-final victory over Baroka two weeks ago.
Hunt says he is now left to choose between either fielding himself or the lanky 27-year-old in their next clash, with Hlatshwayo likely to miss out through a bruised toe, which kept him out of back-to-back Bafana Bafana clashes recently.
"Our [injury] situation is the same, it hasn't changed. All the players are long-term, so there's not much we're going to have [for Chiefs game]," said Hunt.
"Hlatshwayo played the last game but he's now been injured for two weeks, which is disappointing, so we'll see how he looks and try and pick a team.
"Buhle's been out for nine [Ed: six] months. I played him in the MDC on the weekend, so he's had that and we had a friendly on Tuesday but that's always different to playing [competitive] games.
"We don't have anything else, do we? It's either him or me, and he looks in better shape."