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Gavin Out On A Hunt

With the Premier League heating up, coach Gavin Hunt and his students are confronted with yet another hurdle, when they travel to the City of Roses to face the ever unpredictable Bloemfontein Celtic today at Dr. Rantlai Molemela.

Without the slightest doubt, the home team head into this game as favourites having shocked two league contenders, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, who are now logged leaders having beaten struggling Martizburg United on Tuesday. 

The two points collected away by Celtic caretaker coach Lehlohonolo Seema`s troops have served as a morale booster ahead of what promises to be a tough and thrilling encounter.

This comes after Celtic had been written off in both away games, only for Seema to come out with the necessary points that keeps him in line with his objective of finishing in the top 8 this season.

Never the one to undermine his opponents, Seema said the fact that Wits were currently leading the charts speaks volume of their character as a team, adding that taking them likely would be suicidal.

Despite his critics, Hunt’s approach this season has shifted as compared to his early days as a coach who was more on the defence than anything else. In the current season, football fans have seen some exciting display of football from the 2016/2017 champions.

Seema said it was always preferable to secure all three points during home games, adding that while that was something all teams envisaged playing at home, it was no longer guaranteed.

He acknowledged his charges would have to be at their best if they are to collect all three points on the day against the visitors.

“I`ve said it before and I`ll say it again, the premier league has turned into an extremely competitive league and nothing is guaranteed therefore we need to be strong both defensively and on the attack,” he cited.

Over the years, Dr. Rantlai Molemela has been known as a slaughterhouse and the boys in white would like to continue the tradition despite the absence of their 11th player – the fans.

However, Bidvest Wits coach Hunt said he was not naive to expect anything less than a tough battle against Phunya Sele Sele, especially at their home ground. 

In a telephonic interview with The Weekly, Hunt said all was not lost, saying his boys were still very much in the title race despite a poor run of form in their recent games, especially in the second round of the season.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi