Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt relieved to have key defenders back for Telkom Knockout final

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The Students have a chance to revive their disastrous season in the Telkom Knockout final

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is pleased to have his key defenders back for the clash with Bloemfontein Celtic at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

“For a while the team picked itself because of what we had left. It’s good that we now have to pick a team again,” Hunt told the media.

Wits drew 0-0 with Maritzburg United, where the defensive pair of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Buhle Mkhwanazi featured for the first time this season

Their defence was the bed-rock of their title winning campaign last season, and could very well spring their revival this season.

 “It was the first time in 16 games that we have had our whole defence playing. That was good. Tyson (Hlatshwayo), Buhle and Allie, those guys were the bedrock of our team. Hopefully all goes well going forward,” Hunt said.

Celtic, who have already got the better of them in the league this season, have become a tough-nut to crack under Serbian Veselin Jelusic.

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“He seems to be detailed and articulate in his approach. The football is structured, as always. He comes from that sort of mentality," he continued.

“Our game has become a little unstructured because SA football is all over the show. I don’t know how he works, but there is some organisation there, you can see it,” Hunt concluded.

The last time the Students took part in the TKO final, they went down 3-1 to Orlando Pirates in 2011, and while a year later Celtic got the better of Mamelodi Sundowns to lift the crown.

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