Hunt at risk of staining his CV at Chiefs


Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says they must aim towards winning all their remaining games as he seeks to avoid blemishing what has been a proud coaching career in the PSL.

Those four games are against Swallows, Black Leopards, Golden Arrows and TS Galaxy but one win from the last seven league games means a bet on AmaKhosi winning all these games will be akin to committing suicide.

"We have four games left to play and we will have to try and win all four of them and then see from there," says Hunt, whose team will now be out of action for the next seven days.

"This is the longest break that we will have now… seven days. We will have a couple of days off after what we have been through in the last three weeks or rather since December so we will have a couple of days in which we will try and regroup and go again," says the under-fire coach.

With Chiefs having now sunk to the bottom half of the standings, a top-eight finish is no longer in their hands.

This leaves Hunt facing the prospect of finishing outside the top eight for only the second time in the 21 seasons he has been in charge of a PSL club for the entire campaign.

The only previous season that Hunt was in the bottom half at the finishing line was in the 2017/18 season at Bidvest Wits. He had won the league the previous season.

For the rest of the years that he has completed the season with a club he has been in the top eight, starting out at Hellenic (eighth in the 1999/00 season) and again at Black Leopards two years later.

He was in the top eight in all his years at Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United and had two seasons that he didn’t last all season at Seven Stars (1998/99) and Hellenic (2000/01). 

They have won just once in the last seven league games bringing them closer to all the teams trying to avoid that relegation playoff spot in position nine to 15 on the log.

Provided Chiefs win their remaining four games, they will only finish on 41 points.

Mamelodi Sundowns (51), AmaZulu (50) and Golden Arrows already have more points than the maximum Chiefs can reach while Swallows, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United all need at least one more win to either reach or surpass that mark.

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