Kaizer Chiefs have time to regroup over the FIFA international break, but it will be tricky with several players away on national team duty.
Gavin Hunt has confirmed that there are friendly matches arranged, though that is more for players who have not really had a look in since his arrival. The defeat against Orlando Pirates in the MTN8, a 5-0 aggregate loss, could now dictate the coach’s plans.
“It’s exactly what happened to be in the first international break – people said we had three and a half weeks to work, but really I had one and a half. There were so many away,” Hunt told the media when asked about the brief recess.
“We are going to have, and I stand to be correct, eight away. What really can you do in terms of team organisation? For me it’s all about team shape and organisation, so there’s not much you can do the next two weeks.”
Reeve Frosler had been called up to the Bafana Bafana team that will face Sao Tome Principe over two rounds this month, but he has since been withdrawn following an ankle injury that has ruled him out of action for eight weeks.
It reduces the number of Chiefs players on international duty to five.
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“You are going to get the players back three or four days before the next game. So it’s a difficult situation. We’ve got a friendly organised and things like that, but that is mainly for guys who need game-time. You can’t do much in terms of working on team dynamics with eight players away,” explained Hunt.
Chiefs will travel to Golden Arrows on November 21 for a DStv Premiership fixture on the return back from the international break.