Gavin Hunt to give more reserve league players a run

Gavin Hunt to give more reserve league players a run

With SuperSport United down to the bare bones due to injuries and suspensions, coach Gavin Hunt has hinted at giving more academy players a run.

Matsatsantsa have already handed out several debuts to their DStv Diski Challenge outfit as they juggle a scheduled that included the domestic league, cup matches as well as the CAF Confederation Cup.

Following their 1-1 draw away to Cape Town City on the DStv Premiership on Wednesday night, Hunt suggested their challenges hadn’t gotten better.

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"We've got a hell of a week now, Algeria Sunday, Polokwane Wednesday, Durban Sunday. So, yeah, we go again, keep going and we lost a few more [players] again tonight so it's not good, on suspension. So, a few more debuts from the Diski team, shame they're struggling. We're pulling the players from them, so they're getting weaker, that's the assumption," Hunt said.

SuperSport finished third on the table last season and Hunt is of the opinion they could have been a lot stronger during this campaign if they’d been able to find a middle ground with the make-up of the squad.

"We've got a squad that's old and we've got a squad that's young. We don't have those 24/25-year-olds with 100 caps, you know what I'm saying. We've got to give it time. If we had kept our players from last year, it's just that since I've been back, we would have been much stronger but obviously they left so that's the problem. We are weakening, trying to build, weakening trying to build and that is the problem but that is our club, that is the nature [the club], I think City [Cape Town City] as well, they let players go as well," Hunt added.

Hunt has already given up on the league title, reiterating it will be a tough ask to catch log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have depth and continue to pursue trophies in the PSL and on the continent.

"We are fighting our little battles, City and us and Stellenbosch, [Orlando] Pirates and all these okes [teams] to try and get in there and you try and get what you can, off the free market.

“I've tried to make the squad stronger; I've tried to make the best squad, we've got Tyson [Thulani Hlatshwayo] on the bench who's our player of the year last year. He's been out with a broken ankle but he's coming back now but he wasn't ready to play tonight. So, he'll make a big difference. The youngster Ime Okon, he's been brilliant at the back and then we've got one or two, Bash [Onismor Bhasera] is still going."