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Hunt Hails 'Outstanding' Young Chiefs Star

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt said his side 'looked like a proper team for the first time' after the victory over Chippa United and singled out one 'outstanding' player on the night.

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Chiefs hit the woodwork numerous times and were unlucky not to win by a greater margin before Gregory Damons' own goal sealed the win.

Hunt was full of praise for his players, especially the youngsters who started; namely Njabulo Blom, Siyabonga Ngezana as well as Philani Zulu, who did a solid job in a makeshift left-sided defensive position.

"Tonight, for the first time I think we looked like a proper football team," The Chiefs coach told SuperSport after he game.

"I thought Njabulo Blom in midfield was outstanding. And that's the difference. We got a little bit of legs in there. Ngcobo for me I think he's a great little player.

"But the whole team for me, I think defensively looked good. Siya came in, did better, Zulu I worked with him one-two days at left back, we had to what we had to do. He was fantastic."

The former Bidvest Wits boss was then asked why he appeared to be encouraging his players on the touchline to keep the ball off the ground.

"There was a lot of space down the sides," continued the 56-year-old.

"Their full-backs were really aggressive on our players. Obviously there were big spaces down the sides. So once we get the centre-backs turned, it gives us a chance. The pitch was very greasy so you had to be careful.

"We looked like a proper team tonight but let's see if we can do it next week and the week after.

"We created so many opportunities tonight. Let's be honest, we hit the post a few times. That second half, there must have been a patch of five minutes where the keeper made four or five saves.

"You think it's going to be one of those games where they get half a chance. But to be fair we looked really solid and much better out of possession. And I've always said to be a good team, you've got to be the best team without the ball."

Click through the gallery below to see images from Chiefs' win over Chippa:

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