Hunt: Bidvest Wits ready for the biggest game in the club's history

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The former PSL Coach of the Season is optimistic that the Students will overturn a 1-0 deficit at the Bidvest Stadium

Bidvest Wits will be hoping to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit when they take on Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League first-found second-leg on Sunday.

Gavin Hunt, the Wits coach, has been excited by the prospect of facing the Egyptian giants, since the draw was made.

The Clever Boys put on a valiant display in Cairo where they lost 1-0 to the Red Devils in the first-leg last weekend.

“We’re still alive in the competition. We played really well in a hostile environment. I was proud of the boys’ effort,” Hunt told SunSport.

"Al Ahly are a class act. They have half of the Egyptian national team in their side so our result was a credible one, but we know we have to go for it at home."

“The players are really up for this game. But there are no expectations on us.”

Wits go into the clash buoyed by their midweek Nedbank Cup victory over Cape Town All Stars.

“We did what we had to do to reach the next round of the cup,” Hunt added.

“It’s good to go into such a big game against Al Ahly with a solid win under our belts. But make no mistake, this Egyptian side is class. This will be a really tough game but my lads are up for it. They are all looking forward to this match.

“The fact we came away from Cairo losing by a single goal gives the players a lot of optimism and hope that we can beat them at home.

“We’ll go all out. We’re still very much alive and want to progress to the next stage,” Hunt said.

The three-time Premier Soccer League(PSL) winning coach also bemoaned the absence of star defender Thulani Hlatshwayo, who is suspended for Sunday’s clash.

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“Can you believe Thulani was booked for time wasting in the first half?

“I am at my wits’ end trying to find a solution,” Hunt concluded.

 

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