Komphela's arrival has strengthened Sundowns‚ says Chiefs coach Hunt

22 October 2020 - 13:08 By Marc Strydom
Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt will be looking for back to back wins when Amakhosi host chamipions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are licking their wounds after crashing out of the MTN8.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt will be looking for back to back wins when Amakhosi host chamipions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are licking their wounds after crashing out of the MTN8.
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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says‚ if anything‚ the arrival of Steve Komphela to make for a coaching trio at Mamelodi Sundowns with Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena has strengthened the Brazilians.

In respect to the opposition club who Chiefs open their 2020-21 DStv Premiership season against Sundowns at FNB Stadium on Saturday‚ Hunt did not want to be overly drawn on Downs’ coaching structure‚ and speculation that there may be too many cooks in charge of the Pretoria club.

Hunt said a 1-0 MTN8 quarterfinal defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic by Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium revealed very little of the type of form the Brazilians will find at the start of the new campaign.

“I think it’s way too early. I mean anybody who understands football could see they should have won the game comfortably on Sunday‚” Hunt said.

“They’ve got a helluva squad of players. They’ve retained everybody and added.

"So we are under no illusions that it’s going to be a very tough game for us‚ and we’ll take it as it comes on Saturday.”

"Senior coach" Steve Komphela (R) joined joint-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi (C) and Rulani Mokwena (L) for his first training sessions as a Mamelodi Sundowns coach on Monday October 12 2020.
"Senior coach" Steve Komphela (R) joined joint-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi (C) and Rulani Mokwena (L) for his first training sessions as a Mamelodi Sundowns coach on Monday October 12 2020.
Image: Mamelodi Sundowns FC/Twitter

Hunt did not want to be drawn on his view of Sundowns’ coaching structure to replace Pitso Mosimane – who joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly this month.

Downs initially promoted Mosimane’s assistants Mngqithi and Mokwena as co-coaches‚ then added Komphela from Lamontville Golden Arrows as a third “senior coach”.

“I don’t really like to comment on those types of things‚” Hunt said.

“It’s obviously our players versus their players. Yes‚ we are the technical part of the team but if anything I think they’ve maybe strengthened their technical department.

“But it’s not for me to comment on how they do things.

"Certainly they’ve got continuity there with coaches who’ve been there before. And now they’ve strengthened it even more.

“You can’t judge people on one game‚ which like I said they should have won comfortably. But we’ll see how the season pans out. That’s pretty much my take on it.”

Chiefs started with a 2-1 MTN8 win against Maritzburg United in their season-opener at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Amakhosi were disjointed and fortunate to go just a single goal down in the first half‚ and rallied for a strong second half that included the two headed goals from set pieces of left-back Yagan Sasman.


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