Absa Premiership

Hunt wants strong cup run

2013-08-12 21:06
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Having reached the semi-finals of the MTN8 knockout competition, newly-appointed Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt said it was vital to progress in the top-eight tournament to help build momentum for the league.

Wits were drawn to face Platinum Stars in the first of the semi-finals, to be played over two legs, after the Johannesburg outfit eased past Bloemfontein Celtic on Friday.

"I told the players that it was very important to get to the semi-finals because you play another two games," Hunt said after the draw on Monday.

"It's a different vibe now, a different feeling and a different club. We need as many games as possible because Wits is a new team with new players."

Wits were the surprise package last season, claiming fourth place in the league and securing a place in the MTN8 tournament.

"Platinum Stars are a good side -- we played them last week in the league and it was 0-0, but it could have gone either way," said the former SuperSport United coach.

"I'm sure it will be tough but, by being in the semi-finals, we give ourselves a chance to go all the way.

"The club can do with a good cup run and hopefully we do well in the league as well."

Hunt reached the final of last season's MTN8 with Matsatsantsa, but lost out to Moroka Swallows.

He was optimistic about his new team's chances, but warned his charges not to be complacent over the two legs.

"Over two games, you always have a chance but it's always tricky playing two semi-finals with the away -goal rule.

"We play away from home first so, if there is any little bit of advantage, that is the only one I can think of."

In the other semi-final, Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates square-off for a place in the final.

Both legs would be contested next week, starting with the first legs on August 20 and 21, while the return legs were scheduled for August 24 and 25.

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