SuperSport United on the hunt for defenders

2010-11-01 08:18

Struggling Absa Premiership champions SuperSport United will make a couple of big signings in the January transfer window.

Speaking after his three-time champions were beaten 2-0 by 10-man Kaizer Chiefs in a league showdown played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Atteridgeville yesterday, United coach Gavin Hunt revealed he would be delving into the transfer market searching for a couple of quality defenders to beef up his squad.

“I need to bring in new defenders in January. I will be losing my captain Bongani Khumalo (who is joining English Premiership outfit Tottenham Hotspur) while I have Thabo September out with a long-term knee injury,” said Hunt.

Hunt will, however, also need to look to his attack for strengthening. His two experienced strikers, Anthony Laffor and Lemessa Fikru, continue to fire blanks.

Key striker Glen Salmons has been out all season with a knee injury and is only expected to be fit in January.

“How many chances do we need to score? It was frustrating.

“We wasted countless chances and we were the better side throughout. This was a game we should have won and yet we end up 2-0 losers.

“I thought we had it all worked out and should have won comfortably. Chiefs were never in the game in the first half and yet they went 1-0 ahead just before halftime,” lamented Hunt.

Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic, went home happy. He is now preparing for a crunch week ahead of Saturday’s Telkom Knockout quarterfinal clash against Free State Stars at the Rand Stadium (3pm).

The Serbian born coach said he was not getting carried away about Chiefs being the only side left with an unbeaten record in the Premiership.

Chiefs are now second with 14 points, one adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

“It is nice being unbeaten in the league, but it is how we finish the league that counts.”

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