United on the mend

2010-11-15 08:00
Gavin Hunt (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Defending Absa Premiership champions SuperSport United, are on the mend after picking up four points from their last two matches, but coach Gavin Hunt is not getting carried away.

Speaking after his side had edged out Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in a hard fought league clash at Atterdigevilles Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday Hunt said they were not out of the woods yet.

"We have not yet turned the corner on a slow start to the season but this was an important three points for me. We played well in the first half, then had to fight and defend as though our lives depended on it and to the players credit, we came through a tough battle with three vital points."

After losing 3-0 in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals to Orlando Pirates last weekend, Hunts side started to pick up the pieces last Wednesday when they drew 2-2 against Knockout semi-finalists Martizburg United in Pietermaritzburg, and Sunday produced a welcome win.

They now are on 11 points after eight matches, seven behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns who were beaten 1-0 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday.

Hunt said he could not wait until the January transfer window to bring in new blood. "I need central defenders and strikers and I have to replace my captain and centre back Bongani Khumalo who will be joining Spurs (English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur) in January.

"I was looking at the stands today(Sunday) and we have virtually a full team injured and watching the game."

But Hunt said the club management had not indicated whether he could spend the estimated R18 million United will receive form Spurts for the 23-year-old Khumalo on new players.

"Nothing has been discussed but we have to buy new players," said Hunt.

"The problem in South Africa is the transfer market is inflated, so I will be looking elsewhere."

United utility player Bradley Carnell, who played a storming match in midfield, said he hoped the four points s would help the side turn the corner. "We showed a lot of character and fighting spirit against both Martizburg and Celtic. The four points have boosted the players and now we have a week off to consolidate and regroup further."

There will be no league matches this weekend due to the Knockout semi-finals. Maritzburg play Pirates at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday while Kaizer chiefs face Santos at Polokwanes Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night (20:15).

Celtic coach Clinton Larsen was disappointed. His side almost snatched a draw at the death but were denied by a goal line clearance from United skipper Ricardo Katza who cleared Siphelele Mthembus goal bound shot in injury time.

"I was unhappy with the way we started and allowed the champions to dictate. But once we got our act together in the second half there was only one team in it and I am disappointed we did not get at least a draw," said Larson.

Read more on:    psl  |  gavin hunt  |  supersport united

Khune open to PSL switch

2015-03-27 14:12


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

04 April 2015
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu v Free State Stars, Moses Mabhida Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Wits, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 20:15
Platinum Stars v Ajax Cape Town, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 20:15
05 April 2015
Bloemfontein Celtic v University of Pretoria, Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium 15:00
08 April 2015
Black Aces v Mamelodi Sundowns, Mbombela Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Platinum Stars, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Is the time right for Itumeleng Khune to test his skills abroad?

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.