Cape Town - Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes the challenges
of their CAF Confederation Cup campaign paid dividends against Orlando Pirates
The Clever Boys finished bottom of their Confederation Cup
group after failing to win any of their games, but Hunt is convinced the
experience of playing in Africa contributed significantly to their success in
the Nedbank Cup Round of 32.
A thrilling goal-fest at Orlando Stadium ended 3-3 after
extra-time, after which Wits won 3-2 on penalties to book their place in the
"There's so much I can say but I'd rather stay away
from that, I think CAF makes you strong, it makes you mentally strong and all
the diversity we had in CAF, you can't believe what we had in CAF, we came here
and you know, that's why we battle away," Hunt said after the game, as
quoted by SuperSport.com.
"We're strong mentally, physically, down to 10 (players),
we always looked like we could have a chance, yes they had chances at the end,
but we had the best chances of the game, real 100% chances over the course of
"(Deon) Hotto in the first five minutes of the game, I
mean he's just got to roll it in, we hit the post and obviously we had some
other ones. Fantastic spirit, we've got fantastic spirit, we might not have the
best, but we always got a good spirit and that's the most important thing.
"I'll say it again what we went through in CAF, no
human being can go through what we've been through. I knew we could withstand
things like this."
- TeamTalk Media