Hunt reserves praise for Barker

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has reserved a few words of praise for his opposite number in Steve Barker as they prepare to face Stellenbosch FC.

Chiefs have travelled to Stellenbosch, where they are set to face Barker's charges in a DStv Premiership clash at Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday evening.

Amakhosi are looking to continue their momentum of three consecutive wins, which has catapulted them up from 14th to seventh position on the log table.

Hunt has acknowledged the quality Stellies possess as he also warned of the weather conditions his side will have to endure around kick-off time.

"From top to bottom, they are a fantastic football club. They have come into the PSL and have managed to do well. Steve Barker has done a tremendous job there," Hunt told Chiefs' website.

"They have moved to a new stadium, I played there a long time ago. The question is obviously the heat because we are kicking off at 17:00 in the afternoon. Even at that time of the day, it is like playing at 14:00 in the afternoon elsewhere."

With fixtures coming in thick and fast, the four-time league winner is wary of the tough schedule but still feels players should be able to handle the load.

"We are just looking forward to the next game because the time between games is so short and tight. It’s another away game which required a bit of travelling again," he added.

"I think it's good [to play back-to-back] because football players don’t want to train and just sit around. We are not halfway yet; we are almost there though. 

"But overall, there is still a long way to go before the end of the season, and players prefer to play. I was a player and I know the feeling – I don’t see any problem with it because these are young boys."

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