Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt in favour of congested fixture schedule
Posted: 17 August 2018 Time: 20:30
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is in favour of a more congested fixture list and is of the belief that PSL teams don’t play enough matches in a season.
Following Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas’s complaints over his side’s crammed schedule this past week, much fuss has been made of whether the Italian raised a valid point.
Chiefs are set to play their fifth fixture in 13 days when they face Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening, perhaps validating Solinas’s stance to some extent.
Similarly, Orlando Pirates have also played four fixtures in the first 10 days of the season, and will face Bloemfontein Celtic for their fifth on Sunday.
For Hunt’s side, while they may have missed out on the weekend’s MTN8 action, their next match against SuperSport United comes just three days after beating The Buccaneers in midweek.
However, Hunt is more than happy to play games in quick succession as he believes it helps a team generate momentum.
“Well, it’s tough but the players know with me, I like to play three games a week – that’s me, I’m not [the one] playing,” said Hunt when asked for his thoughts on fixture congestion.
“But I think it’s important to play. I’ve always said, we play a lot of games in a short period of time and then after that game we don’t play for 15 days or something if you’re out the cup, so that’s also frustrating.
“I think the players prefer to play than to listen to me on the training ground, and they want to play – in good or bad times, because when you’ve had a bad result you want to play [to bounce back] and when you’ve had a good result you want to play again [to keep going].
“I think that’s football. This weekend is going to be tough for us, and it was tough for Pirates but that’s what happens when you’re going to play CAF – these are their 'catch-up' games.
“From me, there’s no complaints. I mean, top players around the world play 60-70 games per season when we play 40, maybe. So, that’s not enough, we should play more.”