Hunt defends Wits CAF failure

CAF Champions League

Following their second round exit in the Confederation Cup this year, Wits faced criticism for not taking the tournament seriously, after fringe players were selected in their defeat to Tanzanian side Azam FC.

Hunt has expained that in order for Wits to compete on the continental stage, they first have to achieve something on the domestic scene.

“We had to do what we had to do... We haven’t won anything as a club and we can't compete with Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates," he said.

“So we have to try to be better on the domestic front before we start thinking too far ahead, but the good thing is we are getting there.”

By virtue of a second-place finish in this season's Absa Premiership, The Clever Boys will feature in next year's CAF Champions League alongside champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, the former SuperSport United coach says it will be difficult to do well in the premier continental competition due to the tight schedule they will be facing amid the Olympic Games as well as the Africa Cup of Nations.

"Next season it's going to be Olympics and Africa Cup of Nations, so what is going to happen? Three games every week?" questioned Hunt.

"The season might have to be extended next year. If you start late it will mean you have to finish in June because of Olympics and Afcon."

Hunt added to calls for a change in the PSL calander in order to accomodate CAF club competitions, and laments the situation of not being able to arrange chartered flights for his team's travels.

“The season has to change, something has to change. We don't have private jet to fly out and fly in and we don't use chartered flight we go via domestic airways.

“If you play in Tunisia, you go via Frankfurt. From there back to Frankfurt and then South Africa, so how do you play three games a week like that?

"At the moment I will do my best. I also want to play CAF but I can't. I have been hammered on social media that I don't take Caf serious," he concluded.