Baroka coach MacDonald Makhubedu dreading facing Gavin Hunt and Bidvest Wits
Posted: 2 March 2018 Time: 15:00
Baroka stand-in coach MacDonald Makhubedu has ample respect for Gavin Hunt and reckons Bidvest Wits could be the best team on paper this season.
Wits boast a number of stars such as Darren Keet, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Daylon Claasen and James Keene, but surprisingly saw their maiden league title defence crumble swiftly with injuries not helping their cause.
Makhubedu, though, is well aware the Telkom Knockout champions have regained form in the new year under four-time PSL winning coach Hunt.
Makhubedu has overseen two wins and two draws at Bakgaga since taking over from suspended coach Kgoloko Thobejane, most recently supervising a 2-0 league victory over Cape Town City.
However, the former Acornbush United mentor insists tonight's clash with Wits at Bidvest Stadium is a different proposition.
"Ja, that's a very difficult assignment," Makhubedu tells KickOff.com.
"You know Wits at home, they will always be difficult for anyone. No one wants to go to Bidvest stadium, it's a very awkward place. When you go there you need to know your story because Wits is a team of internationals. They've got too many international stars and a coach who knows his ground well. It's not gonna be easy against Wits, that's the most difficult game. You have to go there with discipline and respect.
"On paper this season they might be the best team. You know Gavin Hunt, once he wants to work he works. He knows his story, he has been there and done everything that any coach wants to have in this country. So it's a motivation for the players also to go up against him because no one wants to play against Gavin Hunt. He is a highly tactical coach. Apart from his players you have to face him before you face his players. We'll try to get as much as we can get in this game. I can't say [we'll win] but we'll try and do our best.
"Again it's not easy to play against that man, that man knows his story, he is a monster! You won't just go to his house and come out. I don't like playing against him. I just wish this game can just disappear, I can't wait for the final whistle. He is my role model but I don't want to face him. He is my role model, I always take pictures with him whenever I meet him.
"It's gonna be difficult there but we will give him a run for his money. We'll try our best as it is a motivation for us as a technical team to play against quality people like him. You always want to rub shoulders with the best, that's what I can tell you. Our boys are always hungry."
Kick-off is at 20h00.