Komphela’s arrival has strengthened Sundowns, says Chiefs coach Hunt

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Johannesburg – Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says, if anything, the arrival of Steve Komphela for a coaching trio at Mamelodi Sundowns with Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena has strengthened the Beazilians.

In respect to the opposition club who Chiefs opened their 2020-21 DSTV Premiership season against Sundowns at FNB Stadium on Saturday, Hunt did not want to be overly drawn on Down’s coaching structure, and speculation that there may be too many cooks in charge of the Pretoria club.

Hunt said a 1-0 MTN8 quartefinal defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic by Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium revealed very little of the type of form Sundowns will find at the start of the new campaign.

“I think it’s way too early. I mean anybody who understands football could see they should have won the game comfortably on Sunday‚” said Hunt.

“They’ve got a helluva squad of players. They’ve retained everybody and added.

“So we are under no illusions that it’s going to be a very tough game for us‚ and we’ll take it as it comes on Saturday.”

He didn’t want to be drawn on his view of Sundowns’ coaching structure to replace Pitso Mosimane – who joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly this month.

Downs first promoted Mngqitgi and Mokwena as co-coaches, and then added Komphela as a third “senior coach”.

“I don’t really like to comment on those types of things‚” Hunt said.

“It’s obviously our players versus their players. Yes‚ we are the technical part of the team but if anything I think they’ve maybe strengthened their technical department.

“But it’s not for me to comment on how they do things.

“Certainly they’ve got continuity there with coaches who’ve been there before. And now they’ve strengthened it even more.

“You can’t judge people on one game‚ which like I said they should have won comfortably. But we’ll see how the season pans out. That’s pretty much my take on it.”

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