Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has given the technical bench and players of league leaders kaizers Chiefs a pat on the back for having a good run despite abrupt suspension of action no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hunt whose team occupies the 6th position on the log with 38 points in 21 matches hailed his counterpart Erernst Middendorp for inspiring the side to the top
Amakhosi entered the enforced break, as a result of the coronavirus, four points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns, although having played one game more.
They have been in fine form and well deserving of their current position, says Hunt, whose own side are some 10 points adrift.
Chiefs ended the previous season in a lowly ninth place, having also lost to TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final but have been on cruise control this season but for the draw backs of covid-19
Hunt told TimesLive: “I think they made one or two good signings. And I think what they’ve done well this year at Chiefs is found a way to play with the players that he [Middendorp] has got.
“They do play a little bit differently to most teams in South Africa – the way that the team is set up. And that’s all credit to Ernst and his coaching staff.
“That’s experience. And he’s got that experience. I mean he’s been around for ages‚ and he knows what to do and has proved again this year he knows what’s happening.
“To play with those two strikers [Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro] up-front the way he does – obviously it’s what he’s got.”
Hunt admits that virtually every coach wants to play like Barcelona and Real Madrid adding however “you’ve got to have the players to do that”
“The bottom line is you’ve got to find a way to get the best out of what you’ve got.”You’ve got to give Ernst and his team credit this season for where they are.”
Aside from having a crop of players that are desperate to achieve results one other thing going for Ernst some say is the impact of Nigeria international and Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi whose has been in good form since joining the team last year.