Newly-appointed Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has proven a hit with some of his new charges, according to senior players in the camp.
The four-time league winner joined the Glamour Boys, following German mentor Ernst Middendorp’s sacking.
Rave reviews at Kaizer Chiefs
The team recently returned to training in preparation for the upcoming season, where they will be looking to make up for the disappointment of the past campaign.
According to experienced defender Daniel Cardoso, Hunt has made what is required from the players quite clear.
“We have done a lot of running‚ even though most was done with the ball. The coach likes to joke‚ but he also makes it very clear what he wants from all of us‚” Cardoso said. “He comes in with his own philosophy and it’s crucial that we as players buy into that. We need to hit the ground running.”
Getting over dissapointment
Chiefs lost out on the league title to Mamelodi Sundowns, who claimed maximum points on the final day on the campaign, capitalising on Amakhosi’s failure to match their result after the two teams came into the clash level on points.
Cardoso says its all water under the bridge now.
“We need to look forward – we have a new coach‚ who is very ambitious‚ and he has set new goals and targets. We will definitely be knocking on the door with Hunt in charge.”
Another key player who has sung Hunt’s praises is Khama Billiat, who revealed to the Chiefs webiste that he has always wanted to work with Hunt.
The former Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns attacker lauded the ex-Bidvest Wits coach’s approach.
“We have seen with him, while coaching other clubs, that no player is ever guaranteed to play. He’s a coach who brings the best out of you,” Billiat said. “He makes players feel happy and that’s what we needed. You can feel it at training, there is a different energy.”
Chiefs will begin the next PSL season in search of their first title in over five years.