Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt admitted that it is not ideal to start the season with a clash against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Amakhosi will host the Brazilians at the FNB Stadium this afternoon in their opening encounter of the DStv Premiership campaign, Hunt’s second game in charge in the hot seat.
Despite the Soweto Giants expected to be a confident side going into today’s encounter after their 2-1 win over Maritzburg United in the MTN8 competition, the Cape Town-born mentor revealed that both opponents may feel like it is not the right time for such a big clash.
“It is not ideal to start the season with this kind of a match. I am sure the opponents feel the same. But that is how fixtures are and we must be prepared and ready for the match. It is important to start well in the league and that is what we have planned to do this afternoon. It is going to be an interesting encounter. We are playing a Sundowns team that you will never know who they will be fielding today,” Hunt said as quoted on Chiefs’ official website.
“I do not have much to say because this is the first match of the season. I am working with my team and pulling all stops bring the best out of everyone. We cannot say we are settled or have settled team yet. I know our shortcomings and we are working on every aspect of our game. As mentioned already, we have Lebogang Manyama and Willard Katsande back from suspension and available for selection. Anthony Agay did not train much this week as he was not feeling well. Mulomowandau Mathoho is still recovering from a groin injury.”
“We are ready. The mood in the camp is good and we have gone through the training sessions very well. Again, we cannot wait to get on the pitch to kick-off and see how it goes,” he added.