Absa Premiership

Hunt: Durban venue change gave unfair advantage to Pirates

2019-09-23 14:10
Gavin Hunt
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

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 decision.

"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 that.

"We're a small team but must play where we're comfortable. It is what it is."

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