SuperSport desperate for goals
Johannesburg - SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt hopes his misfiring outfit can reclaim form and a lost ability in front of goal this weekend.
They travel to GWK Stadium in Kimberely to face in-form First Division outfit United FC in a Nedbank Cup last 16 tie on Saturday on the back of six consecutive matches without scoring.
"The players are all practicing their finishing at the moment," Hunt said on Thursday.
SuperSport were held to a 0-0 draw by Moroka Swallows in a league encounter the night before.
It was their third successive goalless tie, while they have lost twice and drawn three from their last five games.
"The thing with us is that we are creating a lot of chances, and I don't think we're playing that badly," Hunt said.
"We are all looking forward to this weekend, and hopefully we'll find some goals."
Amatsatsantsa a Pitori last registered a Premiership victory in November, and they have not won any of their seven league games this year.
To compound matters, they struggled to brush past amateurs Batau FC in the previous round of the Cup, eventually going through on the lottery of a penalty shootout.
Three-time league champions between 2008 and 2010, SuperSport were the season's early pace setters.
Had they garnered points in the second half of the campaign, they would have been comfortably at the top of the standings.
"We'd be well clear in the league," Hunt said.
"The big problem has been the changing of combinations in the side.
"We have never had the same 11 combination, and that is because of injuries and suspensions."
In contrast, United FC will approach the fixture with nothing to lose and will be buoyed by the home advantage.
Coach Richard Makhoba's free-scoring team easily swept aside Vardos FC with a 3-0 win in the last 32 stages, with First Division top scorer David Radebe netting a hat-trick.
Radebe, the 32-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars striker, has shown good form for the Northern Cape side, which harbours ambitions of inaugural promotion to the Premiership next season.
"I don't know what the result might be [against SuperSport] but we are all looking forward to it," Radebe said.
"We want to continue doing well in this competition and we are going to give it our best effort."