Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed that one of the club’s experienced defenders will be switching positions this season.
Amakhosi got their first win under Hunt, who was appointed at Naturena to replace Ernst Middendorp last month, beating Maritzburg United 2-1 to progress to the semifinals of the MTN8, setting up a Soweto Derby clash with Orlando Pirates.
In that first victory for the coach, veteran Ramahlwe Mphahlele was paired with Daniel Cardoso at centreback – but Hunt said it wasn’t just to cover for the injured Erick Mathoho.
“I have had a chat with him and I think that’s where he’s going to play more. I think in the long term he is at the age (30) where he can’t get up and down the sides more,” Hunt told journalists after the game.
Mphahlele has been used as a right-back for most of his career, though he can also play in central defence and has done so at his previous clubs Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns.
“So I think with his experience, and at this point in time we don’t really have a lot there. Tower was injured, so we pretty much had Siyabonga Ngezana. I worked with Rama a little bit in the week – the first half was not good, but the second half was much better. For me, if nothing happens, that will be more the long term plan,” explained Hunt.
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