- Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt said fans had every right to express their pain and disappointment with regards to how the club was performing.
- Chiefs beat Tanzania's Simba SC 4-0 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, but on Friday, fans marched to the club's headquarters and delivered a memorandum.
- Hunt was even able to smile after Chiefs scored their fourth goal in what was their best performance of the season.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt said the club's supporters need to be given the respect they deserve, especially on the back of the club's topsy-turvy 2020/21 season.
Chiefs put their league woes behind them and dished out a continental masterclass in thrashing Tanzania's Simba SC 4-0 in the first leg of their CAF Champions League quarterfinal at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
Chiefs went into the game on the back of two wins in their last 10 league games, but through a Samir Nurkovic brace and goals from Erick Mathoho and Leonardo Castro, they put one foot in the semi-finals.
Chiefs' showing came on the back of a fan protest that took place at the club's Naturena headquarters on Friday where the club's management received a memorandum from aggrieved supporters.
Hunt joked that the march could have helped them win, but said the fans had every right to express their pain.
"Maybe that helped us win," quipped Hunt
"You've got to respect the supporters. They are feeling the pain and we all do.
"The way the march was done, it was handled very well and we hope that a win like tonight's will soften things a little bit.
"It's not just about tonight, it's also about the next game because that is what football is all about.
"It is important that we knuckle down and give the supporters what they deserve."
Chiefs will have to finish the job in Dar-Es-Salaam on Saturday, but Simba will have to score five goals without reply for that to happen.
Such was the excellence of the Chiefs performance, Hunt cracked a rare smile after the fourth goal and he explained why,
"10 or 15 seconds before the goal, I explained what we needed to do without the ball. We turned the ball over, we were in the right position and the goal came," Hunt said.
"That's why I laughed. In football, you don't get that much because we knew if we turned the ball over, we'd get a similar situation and it worked out."