Hunt ‘chuffed’ to be in final but eyes league honours

2012-05-07 11:15

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt says his side’s attention is on a tight race to the league title, though he is pleased with their run to the Nedbank Cup final.

United defeated AmaZulu 3-0 in Polokwane yesterday to set up a meeting with fellow Premiership contenders Mamelodi Sundowns, who beat Free State Stars in the first cup semifinal in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

“It’s great that we settled that one [the victory over AmaZulu],” Hunt said.

“I’m pleased with the outcome and I’m obviously chuffed to be in the final, but my focus is on our last two tough league games.”

Fourth-placed United, lying four points behind leaders Orlando Pirates, face Sundowns, who are in third position, in their next league game in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

They then square up against mercurial Bloemfontein Celtic in Botshabelo the following weekend in their final league fixture of the season.

Hunt, who led United to three successive league titles between 2008 and 2010, has a burning desire to add a fourth medal to his impressive collection.

He will join an exclusive local coaching club, which includes Ted Dumitru and Gordon Igesund, who have four championship crowns – with Igesund chasing his fifth title at Swallows who are second in the standings.

The meticulous Hunt said they would keep up their intensity and stick to their trusted training methods in their championship pursuit.

“We will take it a game at a time against Sundowns and Celtic,” he said.

“We won’t change anything in our preparations and will do things just as we have done them.”

United will hope that captain Morgan Gould recovers during the week from his ankle ailments ahead of the Sundowns clash, after missing the weekend cup tie.

“Morgan is an important member of this team and I hope that he will be available,” Hunt said.

“But we will just have to see how it goes, along with other niggles in the team.”

Meanwhile, tomorrow, Wits host Black Leopards at Milpark in a bottom-of-the-table league clash with both sides still in relegation danger.

The 13th-placed Clever Boys have not won a match this year, with the out-of-sorts side coming off a 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows last week.

Leopards are a position below and need three points to draw clear of the relegation zone.

The Limpopo side will then switch their focus to the Caf Confederations Cup second-round return leg against Warri Wolves from Nigeria in Polokwane this weekend.

Wolves carry a 3-1 lead from the first leg played in Nigeria two weeks ago.

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