Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt will get his first taste of the Soweto Derby on Saturday at 3pm, when his Amakhosi side face eternal rivals Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-final at the Orlando Stadium.
It will be Hunt’s first derby since replacing Ernst Middendorp as coach at Naturena last month. His maiden derby clash, which will become a double header with the second leg on November 7, will be the former Bidvest Wits coach’s fourth game in charge – at a time when the team is in disarray.
The tactician is still trying to find the right combinations on the pitch and is finding it difficult to instil a winning mentality into a team that has grown accustomed to losing over the past five years.
On Saturday, they were thumped 3-0 by defending league champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the DStv Premiership.
Hunt, a four-time league winning coach, admitted that the team are far from ready to mount a competitive challenge just yet.
“We are nowhere near where we need to be. There are a lot of things I’d like to say but it’s not right for me to say in the media. There are also a lot of other things we need to work on but it’s also up to certain other things as well.”
“I wasn’t happy last week, even with the [winning] result [in the MTN8 quarter-finals].”
“There is a certain element that you need in football teams. I know what it is and we will strive to get there.”
The former Bidvest Wits boss conceded that it was frustrating that the club cannot sign players due to their Fifa transfer ban.
“It has to do with personnel. We all know what the situation is. It is very difficult, but we have to do the best we can with what we have. We must be brave and come back again. One aspect is the mentality and battle-hardness we need.”
The 56-year-old ended off by implying that the club might release some deadwood in the squad.
“I need to look at one or two [players]. But we can’t [only] keep looking at players [we don’t have], we need to make a few decisions on the players we’ve got.”
For now, the focus will be on Tuesday’s game at 7.30pm when Chiefs travel to Port Elizabeth for their second league game against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.