Hunt backs Gamal for big PSL impact

The Egyptian striker arrived at the Students on loan from Al Ahly at the beginning of last week, but was unable to mark his first start for the club with a goal as Wits slumped to a 1-0 defeat tp Cape Town City in their MTN8 semi-final first leg.

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And despite a relatively quiet outing at the Cape Town Stadium, Hunt believes there is plenty hiding under the hood when it comes to the 26-year-old Gamal.

“I threw him [Gamal] straight in. I said ‘why not’, it’s a cup game,” Hunt told SuperSport TV after the game.

“He held the ball nicely for us [but] there were certain things I wanted him to do that he didn’t do, but with all the qualities he’s got, it’s what we look for and he’ll certainly be a force to be reckoned with.

“We just need to find the right combination with him and I think we will in time. I have great faith in him. He plays at a top level, plays for top clubs, for a top nation and let’s see.”

When looking back at Wits’ result against City, a second 1-0 defeat to the Citizens this term, Hunt said: “We had a problem in certain areas. I thought we were shaken up a little bit and tried to play a different shape, which we did, and I thought we were much better. But even in the first half we had two great chances, [one] cleared off the line and the penalty so, we didn’t get it and we didn’t score.

“I said, ‘if we score first, we’ll score five here against this team’, and it was the same two weeks ago at Millpark and we didn’t do it. So you’ve got to give them [City] credit.

“They dug in, they fought like hell, but so did we and it was a good game of football and it just didn’t fall for us, [but] that’s what happens in football.

“But you’ve got to give them credit. They played the way they played and we’ve just got to break it down.”