Absa Premiership

Hunt loves giving youngsters opportunities

2020-01-08 10:13
Gavin Hunt
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt praised the goalless draw with Mamelodi Sundowns as a fantastic result and said he will continue giving youth a chance.

Hunt started 17-year-old Molahlehi Khunyedi at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday and brought on 18-year-old Rouwan Human in the second half as Wits held on for a point despite playing the last 34 minutes with only 10 men.

The Wits boss was delighted with what he saw from his youngsters and revealed that he will continue giving youth players opportunities in the first team.

"Yeah, fantastic result you know I mean, the game was even certainly when it was 11 v 11 and obviously when we were a man down they pushed their full-backs right in us, right on top of us," Hunt told SuperSport TV.

"You know they'll always have the ball but we had a great chance, the youngster, if he had just held his line he would have been in on the right side, great energy, I mean he's got a big future. So ja, compliment to all the players, fantastic result.

"And I will say, you gotta grind this sort of results sometimes, all compliments to the players, they were magnificent.

"We changed the shape today, we played a different shape, we tried to give ourselves more of a chance and we did. But obviously a lot of 18-year old boy upfront [Molahlehi Khunyedi], a 17-year old coming on in midfield [Rowan Human], that's what we're about. I'll keep doing it.

"I've done it for the last 30 years, the most important thing in football, keep producing the young boys, there's big opportunities for them at our club, I'll keep putting them next week and the week to come. I've got another one coming next week, so it bodes well for the future.

"If you had said to me at the beginning of the season, 13 games, 27 points, I would have cut your hand and taken it. So we're right in there with the squad we've got. We gonna go to Egypt now on Thursday, we'll back, play Wednesday. It's crazy.

"With what we've got, they are digging in, they showed me they've got grit, we just haven't got a little bit of quality in the front third, the boy will come in this week, he'll make a big difference to our team. One or two youngsters, who knows where we can [end up]. We've got no ambitions to... we just worry about the next game and the next game.

"With the size of the squad, what we've got, I think we're punching above our weight, we always have and we always will."

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