Gavin definitely on the hunt for that elusive silverware

2012-01-28 15:52

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt has not won a domestic knockout trophy since he took over at the Tshwane-based club in 2007.

This is despite him guiding the club to three Absa Premiership titles in succession from 2007 to 2010.

Hunt’s cup success dates back eight years ago when he lifted the now-defunct Absa Cup with Moroka Swallows in 2004.

However, the 46-year-old mentor said he was hopeful that the positive start to the season would help him shed the tag of not being a cup coach.

With a fit-again striker Sibusiso Zuma steadily regaining his match fitness and the new acquisitions settling in, Hunt believes he has enough depth to “give it our best shot” in the league’s second round.

There are 15 Premiership matches left in the domestic league calendar and the Nedbank Cup – to be launched in two weeks’ time – to close the season.

“It has been a while since I won silverware but given the quality we have in the team, we’ll give it our best shot.”

Zuma, 35, has just recovered from an achilles tendon rupture while Mabhuti Khenyeza, Franklin Cale and Ghanaian youth defender Edwin Gyimah have completed their first week of training with their new team-mates.

United have lost Anthony Laffor to Sundowns.

“Zuma has done well in the friendly matches we played and the new guys are also coming good,” said Hunt, who marked over 500 top flight football matches as a coach in the first round.

But the Cape Town-born coach has warned that it would not be easy for his side, who are placed second but equal on points (28) with Kaizer Chiefs on the third spot.

Mamelodi Sundowns top the table with 31 points.

“We’ll take one game at a time and it will need hard work to achieve the league and cup double.”

SuperSport will resume their season against Free State Stars at home on February 15.

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