Hunt Pleased To Have Castro And Billiat Back
Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach Gavin Hunt says he was happy to welcome back Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro ahead of their key CAF Champions League game away against Horoya on Saturday.
Billiat and Castro made cameo appearances in the 2-2 draw against Stellenbosch in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday, with Castro getting on the scoresheet.
Both players had been out injured, with Billiat returning after a long layout due to a broken leg.
With Samir Nurkovic and Daniel Akpeyi suspended for the game in Guinea, Hunt says it’s good to have more options available.
Chiefs are currently third in Group C, with Horoya in second place. Both teams are on 8 points, so the match is set to be a decider on who will proceed to the quarter-finals.
“It’s good to have them back, I said when we played last week, and whenever we played the derby, I couldn’t make any changes, never had anything on the bench,” Hunt said after the Stellenbosch game.
“Now at least we got something on the bench to make changes in their position. I wanted to give them a little bit longer, but they had 25 minutes both of them so you know, they’ve got to be ready for for Saturday.”
“But as I said, playing across these couple of games you can see certainly the first 20 minutes of the game, you can see a little bit on Saturday that they hadn’t played since the 19th of March which is nearly three weeks.”
“So you could they were a little bit flat but as the game went on we got better and better and we finished well, but certainly you know the achilles heel of our team, same areas cost us the whole season. So something we’ve got to battle through.”