Club captain ‘Vila’ was an unused sub when the Clever Boys outclassed the Birds 3-0 in the Telkom Knockout on Friday night.
Hunt explains that it was important to save his best player for the clash against Sundowns.
“I thought it was important that we tried to play without Vila; I also explained to him what I was thinking.
“He is one card away from getting suspended as well, so we saved him for the Sundowns game. It’s important for us to have our best team.
“I never like to do such a thing; if it was in the League I would’ve played him, but in cup games … it’s important to play youngsters.”