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Amakhosi will have to soldier on despite mounting pressure

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Kaizer Chiefs have had a disappointing start this term finding themselves languishing in the bottom half of the standings thanks to one win, three draws and three defeats.

Gavin Hunt head coach of Kaizer Chiefs will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat with the current squad if they are to have any hopes of turning their season around. Picture: Gavin Barker, BackpagePix

KAIZER Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt is fully aware of his team’s underwhelming results this season but says they cannot afford to panic considering they have to rely on the players they have.

A season after losing out on the Premiership title on the last day of the 2019/20 campaign, Chiefs have had a disappointing start this term as they are languishing in the bottom half of the standings thanks to one win, three draws and three defeats.

Much of their problems have come from the fact that they cannot sign any new players this season due to a season-long transfer ban.

But most of the Amakhosi faithful had tipped the team to continue where they left off last season, considering that they still have the same squad.

Hunt has had his back against the wall with his troops not coming to the party.

Gavin Hunt with his Kaizer Chiefs players at practice. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu, BackpagePix

They have failed to win their last two matches, drawing with Black Leopards at home last week before losing 2-1 to SuperSport United on Tuesday night.

The defeat to SuperSport further exposed Amakhosi’s problems in defence, Bradley Grobler capitalising on a defensive error by Eric Mathoho, while Sipho Mbule scored his team’s second goal before Chiefs got a consolation from a Lebogang Manyama penalty.

“Obviously we are all frustrated because every week we are giving away a start and then trying to come back from that,” Hunt said.

“I don’t think that’s something that I am used to. But it is what it is. We’ll try to soldier on.”

Chiefs may have problems at the back but up front they’ve created chances which they have failed to bury.

The return of striker Samir Nurkovic to full fitness was earmarked as the solution to their problems going forward.

However, the striker hasn’t featured this season due to issues with the club, with reports suggesting that teams from north Africa, including Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly, are interested in his services.

Hunt has identified Chiefs’ problems up front but says they cannot do much at the moment as they have to make do with the players they have.

“We created enough chances to win the game (against SuperSport) but we can’t give away goals like we did,” Hunt said.

“As I said, we’ve got the players that we got and we’ve got to soldier on with the players that we got.”

Hunt has always been known for turning ordinary players into exceptional ones but it doesn’t look like that will be the case with Chiefs.