Gavin Hunt explains January transfer window inactivity for SuperSport United

Gavin Hunt explains January transfer window inactivity for SuperSport United

Even after pointing out that SuperSport United were short of numbers during the first half of the season, coach Gavin Hunt only managed one signing during the recent January transfer window.

The Tshwane outfit brought in defender Keegan Allan after he became a free agent having mutually terminated his contract with Moroka Swallows.

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Hunt says it wasn’t for the lack of trying.

''It was very difficult to do anything, we had to get out to get in. We loaned a player to Orlando Pirates, then we used the money in wages. Football is a difficult business.'' 

"Now trying to get one or two back from injuries to help us try to get through the second half of the season,'' said Hunt.

 With the latter part of the campaign now in full swing following the AFCON break, the same issues still confront Hunt.

SuperSport face Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup round of 32 tonight and the coach adds he’s likely to go with a makeshift back four.

''Ok, I will give you an example - so we play tomorrow night [tonight] and we've got one center back, I play Sunday against Egypt with one center back - what  could you do?''

''I have to prioritise, as much as I want to do well in Africa,'' added Hunt

SuperSport will host Egyptian side Modern Future in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, where the depth of the squad will be tested.

Hunt knows his balancing act has received a lot of criticism.

''And then obviously, you guys might say I'm useless in Africa. Just look at the team I'm going to play on Sunday - It might be under sixteens, it's difficult. I can't,'' he concluded.

The four-times league winner has always maintained that winning trophies at the domestic level trumps chasing after continental glory – so that would suggest the Nedbank Cup is an important cup competition for SuperSport.

Hunt says the challenge is the schedule.