Hunt eyes Caf Champions League group stages with Bidvest Wits

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The Clever Boys coach believes his men will take continental football by storm despite their lack of depth

Gavin Hunt has often been criticised for not taking continental football seriously despite Bidvest Wits being one of the powerhouses of South African football of late.

The Students have never managed to get past the qualification rounds of any of the Caf competitions, but the 2017 edition of the Caf Champions League will be different, according to Hunt.

Wits are set to take on SS Saint-Louisienne of Reunion at the Stade Theophile Hoarau on Saturday and the former SuperSport United tactician has expressed his desire to go all the way.

“I will field a strong team. We won’t take this game for granted. It’s much easier and better for us to get into the group stages than it was in the past,” Hunt told SunSport.

If Hunt’s charges defeat the Reunion side over two legs, they will have to take on Egyptian side Al Ahly, a team which he claims to be familiar with.

“If we win two games we reach the group stages. I’ve played Al Ahly before and know what they are all about. We have to try to get to the next round before thinking about them,” Hunt said.

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While Hunt feels he doesn't have a big squad to juggle both the Caf Champions League and domestic competitions, but he's banking on his experienced players to carry the team through. 

“Can we keep going like this for five weeks? I don’t know, we don’t have a big squad. I just hope we’re able to keep going,” Hunt said.

“But these are exciting times for Wits and we are looking forward to the challenge. We have experience on our side, maybe that will help us” he concluded.

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