Bidvest Wits to battle through CAF Champions League preliminary round
Posted: 13 February 2018 Time: 20:01
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt says they will do their best to get over the line in the CAF Champions League preliminary round but is worried about his dwindling squad.
Wits registered a 2-0 first-leg victory over Mauritian champions Pamplemousses in their opening round fixture at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.
They travel to Port Louis for the return leg next week Wednesday, but Hunt is worried about the waning numbers of his registered personnel and admits the scoreline is not all too convincing.
"Two-nil is always a dangerous scoreline, and we've got the problem of having lost another player from our CAF squad," Hunt tells KickOff.com, in reference to Thabang Monare's injury-enforced substitution in the second half.
"We might only have 14 or 15 guys going to Mauritiius, because Keegan Ritchie is obviously out after he got sent off. So it's a bit of a problem at the moment.
"We have depth in training but we only have 23 players registered for CAF, and Daine Klate and Elias Pelembe are also out, so numbers are dwindling there.
"We can't use everybody because a couple haven't been registered yet, so we'll try and get through this round and see from there."
On a positive note, young Kobamelo Kodisang marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a goal over the weekend, much to the satisfaction of Hunt, who also feels Eleazar Rodgers should have multiplied his tally.
"I'm glad 'KK' scored and is getting back into it. He's been getting game-time with the MDC team and we're going to need him sooner or later," he says.
"Eleazar should be top goal scorer in CAF already, and for the rest of the year, that's how many chances he had... He knows that, and we laugh about it but he can't be missing such chances."
Having been criticised for a seeming lack of interest on the continental front, Hunt insists they are eager to advance in this year's competition despite the challenges they may face.
"We want to get through, but we know the conditions there won't be good and the pitch won't be the best, but we do want to do well and get through," he adds.
"Last year we should have gotten through, we were very unlucky. But then again, you can't have everything. Our squad was very stretched last year, and we're the same this year."