Ahead of Saturday’s Soweto Derby, Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach Gavin Hunt has said the lack of supporters at games is a big loss to the team.
Football supporters were last at the grounds in South Africa in March 2020, with football resuming behind-closed-doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hunt says a club like Chiefs cry out for their fans, and it was really something he was looking forward to when he joined the club.
But Hunt says that nobody saw this coming, and there’s nothing to be done about it.
Chiefs are currently seventh on the DStvPremiership table, while Orlando Pirates are four points ahead in 5th spot.
Both teams go into this game on the back of midweek draws, with Chiefs being held at home by Baroka, while Pirates suffered the same fate at home against TS Galaxy.
“100% I think there’s been good days, bad days, but generally I think you need the support, certainly for me I think we would have got a few more points, but it is what is, it’s the whole world that’s been affected,” Hunt said in the Soweto Derby pre-match press conference.
“A team like Kaizer Chiefs certainly cry out for their supporters, there’s no doubt about it, and I think it certainly alleviates them and gets them into another level, and they certainly do miss it.”
“I was really looking forward to it coming to a club like Chiefs, because I’ve always been the other way around, you know there could be fifty thousand and we’ve had five hundred.”
“It happens, but nobody saw this coming, so ja, we do miss the supporters greatly.”