Hunt laments quality of SA midfielders and calls for more consistency

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Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt has highlighted the importance of consistency in football, both at his club and within the general spectrum of South African football.

He believes midfielders in this country are too erratic and do not do enough to be considered complete players.

Hunt feels that one of the best ways to judge players was their contribution going forward, more specifically the number of goals they were scoring for their clubs.

He says that when he played during the 1980s, there was no shortage of complete midfielders.

Hunt highlighted the one goal that clubs in South African football needed to aim for, which he says was ‘consistency’.

His comments were directed at his club first, before their rivals. Wits are presently second on the premiership table with five wins from six, the best win ratio of all 16 teams in the league.

However, that too is not enough for the hard-to-please Hunt, who hopes they can maintain those high levels or face the consequence of missing out on the title again this year.

Hunt also spoke broadly about the importance of defending well and building teams from the back.

Although the Students boast the joint best defence in the league this season with five goals conceded, three of those strikes all came in one game against Orlando Pirates, which worried their coach.

The veteran former SuperSport United boss also felt that conceding 29 times last season, compared to the 24 by champions Mamelodi Sundowns, was a big reason they fell short of the title.

Hunt insisted there was nothing wrong with playing safe football and challenged more teams to do it.

Wits are currently on a break due to the FIFA international window. Their next assignment is a Telkom Knockout clash away at Maritzburg United, who they were drawn against at the competition launch on Wednesday. – Report by Thahir Asmal