Kaizer issues CAF mandate to Hunt

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has pinned the club's hopes of competing more fervently on the CAF inter-club stage on new coach Gavin Hunt.

Chiefs' appointment of Hunt has come at a time when the club just secured a return to CAF competition, and Motaung has backed the coach to compete on Africa's biggest club stage.

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Despite missing out on the Absa Premiership title to Mamelodi Sundowns last season, Amakhosi's second-place finish will see them join their rivals in next season's continental showpiece.

Though Hunt previously struggled to compete at this level with Bidvest Wits, he has stressed that the club's management simply did not see the Champions League as a financially viable competition.

However, he has now been given the mandate by the Soweto giants, who are looking to position themselves as a force in the continental space, just as Sundowns and Pirates have previously done.

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"Playing on the continent is key for us as we haven’t done as well as we should have. We have players who have participated in the competition and this experience should certainly be to our advantage," said Motaung on the club's website.

"The other thing I have always emphasised is the need for coaches to equip themselves with the requisite knowledge. The game has changed and become much more scientific.

"We know Gavin always endeavours to learn more about the game by attending courses both locally and overseas. This knowledge will come in handy to guide our team. We are looking forward to him sharing his experience with the team."

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