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Hunt Feels Chiefs Victory Was Comfortable

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt thought his side comfortably beat Kaizer Chiefs in their opening 2017/17 Absa Premiership match and deserved all three points.

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Two headed goals from Elias Pelemebe and Thulani Hlatshwayo handed Wits a 2-1 win, and despite a frantic final ten minutes Hunt thought his side were the better team on the night.

“To be fair, I thought we controlled the game and we could have made it really safe,” said Hunt after his side’s first win of the league season.

“The last five minutes was not great, but we knew it was going to come.

“Once they (Chiefs) got the goal they threw numbers forward, but thankfully Moeneeb (Josephs) made that save at the end – it was the first save he made the whole game.

“They (Chiefs) are a good side and they play good football, but we did what we had to do and we move forward.”

One of the standout performers on the night and the ‘man of the match’, Gabadinho Mhango, was cited for special praise from Hunt as well.

“I played (Gabadinho) Mhango wide tonight. I know that is not his position, but I knew that is where the space was,” explained Hunt. “He drifted in a bit in the first half and I told him at half time that if he stays wide he will get the ball and cause them problems.

“At the end of the day I thought we were really comfortable until the last couple of minutes.”

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Speaking after the match Mhango paid special tribute to his striking partner Eleazar Rodgers.

“I am enjoying playing with him (Rodgers),” said Mhango.

“He is a good player.

“He is an experienced player – most of the time he is telling me what to do in training and in the game, what movement I must make on the pitch and I am thankful for that.”

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