Hunt: Mashiane has huge ability

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says Happy Mashiane has "huge ability" after his starring performance in the 3-0 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

Mashiane replaced Nkosingiphile Ngcobo on the hour mark to brilliant effect, setting up Lebogang Manyama's goal with an inch-perfect cross before finishing off the tie with a composed finish into the top left-hand corner after Manyama had returned the favour.

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Despite the convincing nature of the victory, Hunt felt his charges were a 'bit lethargic' but did reserve special praise for Mashiane and Anthony Akumu, who continues to enhance his reputation in his new position of centre-back.

"Bit of a leggy performance," the Amakhosi tactician told SuperSport TV.

"A little bit lethargic at times. It's understandable for the programme that we've had. So ja, the most important thing is trying to get three points. Trying to get ourselves up the league. But certainly a real slackness sometimes. That's something I need to work on. All in all, we're happy with the week that we've had.

"We've been forced to make changes with Zuma. There's too much of giving up. We need to change the mentality. It's going to take time but we need to change the mentality. The players are too easy sometimes. But I knew we needed to play with more width. And once I brought Happy in, he would give us nice width. He's got huge ability and a good future ahead of him.

"Sometimes we're trying to score with every pass. We're trying to go forward at every moment. We need to get a little bit of balance first. But those things take time. It doesn't happen overnight.

"I've also got to adapt to them. But we've got a good bunch. The mentality is getting better. The mentality was fantastic last year and we need to try and get that back.

"I think collectively defensively we weren't as good as we could have been. I thought Akumu again was fantastic. Certainly for me he was our best player today. I don't want to play Daniel in that position [centre-back], I don't want to play him there. I think he's better suited to playing a little bit higher up the pitch."

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