‘I’ve got what I’ve got. I haven’t bought even one player. We are punching far above our weight.’
DESPITE his team having been among the busiest of the PSL sides in the transfer window, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is of the view the Clever Boys can do with some beefing up.
At the beginning of the season Wits parted with Lehlohonolo Majoro, Daylon Claasen, Vuyo Mere, Prince Nxumalo, Bantu Mzwakali and Edwin Gyimah.
They beefed up their squad with the likes of Zitha Macheke, Siyanda Zwane, Brandon Petersen, Phathu Nange, Sameehg Doutie, Carl Lark, Ivan Mahangwahaya, Joseph Douhadji and Kenneth Sebastien.
But Hunt still believes they need to splash cash and capture quality players in three months’ time when the January window opens.
“We need to go into the market.
“We’ve got players who are out for the rest of the season. Simon Murray our striker will not play again (this season). We are down to one or two strikers,” Hunt explained.
The Clever Boys have enjoyed a decent start to the season and currently have 15 points after six league outings.
They are five points behind early pace-setters Kaizer Chiefs but they have two games in hand because of their participation in the Caf Confederation Cup. In six matches, Wits have suffered one defeat and registered five victories.
“I’ve got what I’ve got. I haven’t bought even one player. We are punching far above our weight. We’ve done very well with the players that we’ve got. We have 21 players. Everybody’s got 31 players,” he added.
Wits are on the verge of qualifying for the group stages of the Caf Confederation Cup. They have to beat UD Songo of Mozambique to secure a place in the group stages of which the first leg is on Sunday in Maputo.
“We are not struggling financially. The policy was not to buy any players. So, that was the policy this season. Right now we are third on the log with two games in hand. We should go top,” Hunt said.
Wits have developed a reputation of winning trophies under the tutelage of Hunt.
The Clever Boys managed to win their maiden league title with the multiple championship-winning coach at the helm and they were also crowned Nedbank Cup champions.