Hunt disappointed with ‘big players’

Telkom Knockout

The defending champions were dealt an upset by the supposed minnows, who waltzed into their first ever cup final after a valiant display earned them a 1-0 win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Bakgaga have sprung to life in the league cup, beating Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Wits without conceding a single goal, and now are just one step away from a first title.

Hunt conceded that his side were simply not good enough and criticised the sloppy performance of some of his perceived stars, who he refused to single out.

“They [Baroka] pretty much had their team together for the last two weeks, and that’s not an excuse from my side because when you have more players in international games you’re going to have them away,” said Hunt of the absence of his Bafana Bafana contingent.

“So, it is what it is, but they certainly had their team together – you could see. You know, they were waiting for us, which is understandable, and we knew that.

“But we have to be better. With the players and stature we’ve got, some of them have to be better. I thought our final ball and the cross was poor from players that are big players of ours.”

The accomplished tactician, who has lifted several PSL trophies over the last 10 years, feels these sort of competitions are what teams like Baroka thrive on and wished them luck in the decider against Orlando Pirates in Port Elizabeth next month.

“Baroka are always going to give you this type of game, doesn’t matter if they’re at the bottom or top [of the league table],” he added.

“And I said it before the game, these types of games are made for teams like Baroka, because this is really where their day in the sun is going to come, isn’t it?

“It’s not going to come by winning the league – that’s for sure. So, cup games are where they can get into the final, and all credit to them and I wish them well in the final.”