Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has finally opened up about navigating a transfer ban, assessing potential targets and working with “what we’ve got”.
Amakhosi were hit with a two-window sanction by FIFA preventing them from registering new players long before Hunt’s arrival, but it’s now his baby, too.
The Siya crew has reported that goalkeeper Brandon Peterson and Phathutshedzo Nange are training with Chiefs, while Sifiso Hlanti has been offered a new contract – but as things stand, the trio can’t play for the club unless the ban is overturned.
“The FIFA ban is well documented and I knew that coming here. But we will go forward and I’ve got belief in what we’ve got,” Hunt told the media.
“I have to try find a way that suits the players that we’ve got. It’s very difficult to try and sign players and promise them that the ban will be uplifted. If you look at the flip side, a lot of the players that were here last year can prove again that they can do it. That’s a great opportunity. We have exactly the same squad – nobody has come in or out.”
Hunt is concerned that Amakhosi are missing out on potential targets as the club waits to hear from the Court of Arbitration for Sport having appealed.
“The players must realise the big opportunity to prove again they can do it, and that they want to do it. The signing of players is out of my control, that’s administration. I can identify 20 players, but they can’t come in. As you can see, on a daily basis players are going to other clubs because they can’t sit around hoping that Chiefs will sign them,” the coach explained.
His fist game in charge is the MTN8 quarterfinal fixture against Maritzburg United on Sunday.
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See the list of some of the targets Chiefs have missed out on because of the FIFA ban!