Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach Gavin Hunt has lauded the effort from his players after they drew 2-2 with Horoya to qualify for the CAF Champions League last eight, and says making some history is good for the club.
Chiefs qualified in second-place after edging Horoya in the head-to-head rule, and while Hunt was proud to get through, he also praised his opponents, who dominated the game.
Hunt says it was a bit frustrating not having Samir Nurkovic or Leonardo Castro available, as they were thin upfront, and they would’ve been able to help defend at corners, where Chiefs conceded.
“Ja, it hasn’t been easy you know, we lost badly a couple of weeks ago to Wydad Casablanca 4-0,” Hunt said at the post match presser.
“You know we had a very young team, we got four junior players playing. We came here with no strikers tonight, both our strikers are not here.”
“And you know the physicality of Horoya is strong, from deadball situations and we knew we’d struggle and we conceded two goals from two corners because our strikers would have helped us, in those situations, we knew that, so to come away, it’s a good effort from the players.”
“Very good opponents, two draws in this group, they came and drew in South Africa. So they a good side, I came here last season we needed a draw and we lost so sometimes it works like that.”
“But it’s good for our club, you know to make history. First time in the group and first time to get out the group for club.”
“So it’s very good for our club, even though we’re not doing well domestically, in our league, but, let’s just see how far we can go already, we’ve done well, but let’s see, let’s see.”
“But I’m sure Horoya will bounce back, they’re a good side, y a lot of experience and I’m sure you know they’ll do well.”