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Hunt Confirms New Role For Chiefs Defender

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed that one of the club’s experienced defenders will be switching positions this season.

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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.  

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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.

Story by @superjourno

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