Hunt: Why break in December?
Wits coach Gavin Hunt (File)
Johannesburg - Following a momentum-boosting 3-1 Premiership win over
Bloemfontein Celtic in Johannesburg on Saturday night, Wits coach Gavin Hunt
says he would prefer to play throughout December, instead of taking a break
“I prefer to play right through. I love to play on Boxing Day and on New
Year’s Day - we should play right through,” Hunt said at the Bidvest Stadium
after the game.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) heads for a break on Monday, before resuming
after the start of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which gets underway
on January 11.
The win extended Wits' unbeaten run to four consecutive games and
consolidated their third placing in the league, leaving Hunt hungry for more
games before the end of the year.
On Friday, however, the PSL announced fixtures would be brought forward
half-way through January in order to make up for lost time during the first
half of the season.
“We complain about the fixtures but we should play right through, shouldn’t
we? Then we wouldn’t have a problem, but it’s one of those things,” Hunt said.
“I wouldn’t really like to stop now. I think a lot of teams wouldn’t like to
Second half goals from Ryan Chapman and Calvin Kadi guided the Clever Boys
to victory, after Matthew Pattison broke the deadlock before half-time.
Chapman regained the lead for the home side after Joel Mogorosi equalised
shortly after the break. Deep into stoppage time, Kadi added the finishing
touches as Wits sealed three points in emphatic style.
“I thought we played in first gear tonight. We just passed the ball around
and didn’t play with any real intent until they scored,” Hunt said.
“Then we moved up a gear and created a lot of chances.
“But at the end of the day, it’s three points. We haven’t been great at home
but we’ve been very good away from home.”
Meanwhile, Celtic boss Ernst Middendorp hinted his team had been handed the
short end of the stick by playing two away games in the space three days.
Celtic were defeated by Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City on Wednesday,
before the Free State outfit had to travel directly to Johannesburg ahead of
“We only had three days to prepare for this game. We played on Wednesday
evening away from home and we had to travel,” the German mentor said.
“Wits played against Maritzburg United on Monday evening. That means you
have more-or-less six days, whereas we only had three days.
“And then of course, they are playing at home and they pressed their
In contrast to his counterpart, Middendorp welcomed the upcoming break and
said he was looking forward to the new year.
“We’re heading for the break. We’ll prepare ourselves and hopefully, with a
lot of home games, the supporters will be there and we can make more points.”