Hunt: Why Derby win is huge for Chiefs


Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt felt their win over Orlando Pirates before the FIFA break was vital as they head into a series of crucial fixtures for the club.

Chiefs entered the current international break on the back of a 1-0 Soweto Derby victory, which saw move them up from 11th to ninth on the DStv Premiership table.

The victory also came as a huge morale boost for the team as they continuously struggle for form, with their longest winning streak this season having been just three games.

Hunt is now hoping the "huge" win over Pirates will serve as a spring board heading into crunch fixtures against Wydad Athletic Club, Stellenbosch, Horoya, Baroka and Cape Town City.

"It was huge in [the context of] our situation in the league, which is not very good. We need to get ourselves up the league, we've had too many draws," Hunt told the media.

"In similar games at home, we've had four games where we were 1-0 up – against SuperSport, Celtic, Baroka... 1-0 up, no problems – and then we draw 1-1.

"So those were games where we should have won and we didn't, so we need to get ourselves up the league [table].

"Obviously we've got a huge task against Wydad Casablanca, which is next here, so we'll have to change focus again, and then it will be a league game and another trip to Guinea.

"So, it's a big ask but listen, if we get Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro back, and we get another number back, Rama Mphahlele back [from CAF suspension], Kearyn Baccus, we'll have a few more numbers."

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