Gavin Hunt and the team arrived on Monday afternoon in the windy city of Port Elizabeth to face Chippa United in a DStv Premiership match tonight.
“It is a matter of quick recovery on all fronts,” says coach Gavin Hunt. “We gave the team a break on Sunday and got back on Monday to prepare for tonight. There is actually no time to effect many changes in the team.”
Amakhosi will be looking at this encounter to get off the mark and register the first points of the season after a faltering start against Mamelodi Sundowns in the opener over the weekend.
“We pretty much travelled with the same squad that was in camp for the Sundowns game,” reveals Hunt. “We reviewed the Sundowns game and saw where we went wrong. As I mentioned, Chippa will bring a different dimension to the match. They will have their confidence high after opening with a draw away to Cape Town City. We will have to lift our game and try to dominate them from the first whistle. It is the second game of the season and it will not be easy to judge and make up how teams are setup at this stage.”
Looking at his players, Hunt revealed, “Daniel Akpeyi has travelled with the team.” The goalkeeper was injured during the bio-bubble matches on 30 August in a match against Wits, “He is available for selection after recovering from injury and his passport renewal is also sorted. It is always good to have competition in areas of the team.”
Mulomowandau Mathoho is still nursing a groin injury. Samir Nurković is recovering from surgery while Dumsani Zuma is in training and should return to fight for places soon.
“The match is going to be tough for both teams,” concludes Hunt. “We are continuing to get the team at the right point. It will take a matter of practice and more games before we get to where we want to be.”
Kickoff is at 19:30 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The game will be live on SuperSport channel 202, with live commentary on the club’s official twitter handle @kaizerchiefs.