‘We can’t make excuses’ says Gavin Hunt after another Kaizer Chiefs flop

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says he and his team can’t make excuses after suffering an embarrassing home defeat against lowly Maritzburg United on Saturday.

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Amakhosi slipped to 14th in the DStv Premiership standings after the defeat to Ernst Middendorp’s side as a brace from Judas Moseamedi sunk Chiefs at the FNB Stadium.

HUNT: THERE’S A LACK OF ENERGY IN AREAS

“Disappointed with the result. I think they had two chances and they scored. But that’s football. That’s what’s happening with us. I thought we had a lot of the play but obviously a little bit of lack of energy in the areas,” Hunt told SuperSport TV post-match.

“And obviously only having two central midfielders available so we couldn’t change much. But it is what it is.

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Gavin Hunt fielded youngsters Darell Matsheke and Njabulo Blom in the middle of the park, but suggested Tuesday’s CAF Champions League win in Angola and the impact of Covid-19 left him with little choice in selection.

YOU’VE GOT TO DEFEND BETTER – GAVIN HUNT

“They gave a big effort on Tuesday. We couldn’t change it because we didn’t have anything else. But we can’t make excuses. Everyone’s in the same boat with Covid. We’ve got to be tougher, bigger, stronger. I thought for both goals we were a little bit weak. Is it really a 2-0 nil game? But it’s 2-0. That’s what it is.

“The second one’s a throw-in. The ball’s bouncing in the box and he’s controlled it. The ball should never be bouncing in the box. Not at this level. And the seonnd one, it’s been cleared and the ball’s been played back into the ruck. You’ve got to defend those situations better.

“We’ve got a lot of games. We’re getting more and more depleted so we’ve got to be very careful,” Gavin Hunt said.

Chiefs will next be in action on Wednesday, 13 January when they travel to Kings Park in Durban to play Benni McCarthy’s AmaZulu side.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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STARTING LINE-UPS:

Kaizer Chiefs

Akpeyi, Ngezana,Cardoso, Mphahlele, Blom, Agay, Matsheke, Parker, Kambole, Castro, Billiat

Substitutes: Bvuma, Moleko, Nurković, Zuma, Sasman, Ntiya-Ntiya, Ngcobo, Mashiane, Lesako

Maritzburg United

Barr, Allie, Daniels, Hachi, Kutumela, Buchanan, Shandu, Claasen, Ismail, Moseamedi, Graham

Substitutes: Mpandle, Hlubi, Sanoka, Mngonyama, Modise, Hlongwane, Meza, Tlolane, Morgan

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