Cape Town - Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes
that the club's temporary home at Moses Mabhida Stadium gives
well-supported teams like Orlando Pirates an unfair advantage.
The PSL have deemed that Wits' regular Milpark Field base does not
comply with safety regulations and as a result the Clever Boys have been
forced to play their home games at Moses Mabhida Stadium while they
make renovations to the Bidvest Stadium.
But Hunt is not happy with the move and used the 4-3 victory over
Pirates as an example, saying that his side felt like 'visitors' in that
tie despite it being a home game for his team.
"When you play against a club like Orlando Pirates, I mean wherever
they go in South Africa they have support. It's very difficult for us to
come here because we're actually visitors here, we were on the back
foot straight away," said Hunt.
"You know I can't control those type of things, I always say in South
Africa everybody knows the rules and everything, but people do not know
the game. The game is the most important thing sometimes.
"We are a small team, if it means we must play in a 3 000-seater
stadium we must play there, obviously I don't know the technicalities."
The Students' mentor could not wrap his head around the fact that the
PSL executives had suddenly decided that Bidvest Stadium was
unsuitable, despite Wits having played there for 40 years and it never
having been a problem.
"It's very difficult when you're [just] getting by as a club,
obviously you're bound by the boundaries of what's happening, so
obviously our stadium of 40 years suddenly is a problem," Hunt said.
"I don't understand that. I've been playing for over 30 years so I
don't understand that, so yeah, but obviously the rest takes care."
Hunt said he was not sure how long his side would have to play their
home games in Durban and reiterated that he is not happy with the PSL's
"I'm not sure going forward, I'm not sure it will be guided by management," he added.
"I don't think so, I don't think any team in the world, I'm sure if
Orlando Pirates say they're going move their home games to Cape Town
they've still got support there but they're not going to be happy with
"We're a small team but must play where we're comfortable. It is what it is."
- TeamTalk Media