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The Hunt is not over yet


Hunt believes Wits are still in with a shot at the League despite their current poor form

Gavin Hunt coach of Bidvest Wits was dejected after their weekend lost to AmaZulu, but says the battle for the title is not over yet. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu

THE race for the Absa Premiership honours is heading for its climax and Bidvest Wits are dropping points, crucial points, at this critical stage of the season, but Gavin Hunt is refusing to throw in the towel.

The Clever Boys squandered an opportunity to climb to the summit of the table on Saturday as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, with Bongi Ntuli and Ovidy Karuru getting their names on the scoresheet for Usuthu.

Wits have accumulated 38 points after 23 games this season and they would have dethroned Orlando Pirates at the summit if they collected maximum points against Usuthu but fluffed an ideal opportunity, with the Buccaneers and Mamelodi Sundowns not being in action this past weekend as they were busy with their CAF Champions League assignments.

Hunt, however, is still optimistic and adamant that their quest for league honours is still alive.

“You can’t be (out of the race). We’ve got seven games left. A lot of teams are going to beat a lot of teams. This league is crazy. People get excited about it but for me it has been the worst I’ve seen in 30-odd years. It is poor.

“That’s why everybody is beating everybody,” a dejected Hunt said after the loss against Usuthu.

Wits are going through a barren run of results having not captured maximum points in their past four league matches. In fact out of the possible 12 points on offer they have only managed to collect one.

They have suffered defeats against Highlands Park, Cape Town City and Usuthu. The only point they earned was against rivals, Sundowns in a 1-1 stalemate.

“Obviously nobody loves to lose. Who wants to lose? But (in) South Africa football goes from negative to positive very quickly.

“AmaZulu haven’t won in how many games (before beating us). Today, they got a lifeline. You really have to question the situation,” he added on Saturday night.

Wits now have to face Bloemfontein Celtic, Pirates, Chippa United, Black Leopards, SuperSport United, Baroka FC and Lamontville Golden Arrows in their last seven matches.

“Two or three teams have got much better squads. They’ve got the quality but they haven’t had the consistency. That’s the thing. Everybody plays everybody. These type of results don’t help us. Just like last weekend.

“We should have got three points last week,” Hunt said.

The Wits coach is searching for a record fifth title. He delivered three triumphs for SuperSport United during his successful tenure with the team from the country’s capital.

In 2016/17, Hunt propelled Wits to the league glory.

The multiple title-winning coach will be looking for improvement in the last seven games.

They have to do it because they need to start to collect as many points as they can if they are serious about winning the battle for the title race that currently is between them, Pirates, Sundowns and Cape Town City.