New Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has made a promise to all Amakhosi supporters that things will improve as he comes to terms with the reality of the club’s transfer ban.
The transfer ban was a result of Chiefs’ illegal signing of Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana in 2018.
As punishment, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) banned Chiefs from signing any new players for two transfer windows.
This means Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung will be unable to sign fresh talent until July 2021 at the earliest.
CHIEFS’ FORTUNES HAVEN’T IMPROVED UNDER HUNT TO DATE
Hunt, meanwhile, was signed by the Glamour Boys as a replacement for Ernst Middendorp who ultimately failed to land last season’s PSL title on the final day of the season.
However, fortunes haven’t improved under Hunt and Chiefs have made a struggling start to the delayed 2020/21 season.
In their six MTN 8 and DStv Premiership matches to date, Chiefs have scored just three goals – one of which was an own-goal.
Hunt has come in for particular criticism over the poor back-to-back MTN 8 semi-final performances against bitter Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates.
Chiefs lost those matches 3-0 (away) and 2-0 (home) for a lopsided 5-0 aggregate defeat.
HUNT OFFERED REASSURANCE SQUAD WILL GET BETTER
In addition, Chiefs lost 3-0 to defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns in their opening match of the new league season.
The 56-year-old tactician has admitted that while his situation of serving a transfer ban is very unique, he can ill afford to dwell thereon and offered reassurance that the current squad will get better with time.
“This is a totally unique experience, I think for me and I think for anyone. It’s very unique what’s happened, but I’ve got to face it and try to do the best we can with the players we’ve got,” said Hunt.
“We’ve still got some good players here, so we need to get them back [from injury] and get them all playing again. The first couple of games, we haven’t really had much to pick from in certain areas.
“So, it’s been pretty much playing people here and there. Obviously the biggest blow is up front, as we all know, but we just keep going and I think there’s no two ways about it, we’ll get better. We have to get better, that’s for sure, and we will get better.”