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Coach's Column - Gavin Hunt 05/06/03
In his column for the club's official website this week, coach Gavin Hunt talks about the disappointing end to the season, new signings for the next campaign and the amount of time players get off between seasons....

Well, after what was a disappointing end to the season, we are now able to look ahead to the future and start preparing for the next campaign.

We have already made three new signings in midfielder Albert Kometsi and defender George Hummel, both from Hellenic, as well as another defensive player, Rufus Mokoti from SuperSport United.

These are all highly talented players and I am sure they will make for great additions to our squad.

Mokoti in particular is someone we need to fill up that left side of defence. He is young and has good pace about him and comes with a good pedigree. I am sure it will work out well for him.

We are obviously sad to lose Jabu Mendu, but that is football and we wish him well at Kaizer Chiefs. We do need to find somebody to fill that defensive midfield role he has left vacant and I will be working on that in the coming weeks.

The players are currently on a well-deserved break but return on June 26 for pre-season. I would have liked to have been able to give them more of a break, but the demands of the domestic football calendar just do not allow for that.

I have always believed that players need at least six weeks away from football between seasons, but ours will be getting just a month off.

They will then go into four or five weeks of intensive pre-season training before we start the new campaign, hopefully at the Charity Spectacular!

It is going to be a busy time for us, with the new SAA Super Eight competition and the Coca-Cola Cup in the first half the season.

It was perhaps one of the disappointing features of this past season that we were knocked out in the first round of each cup competition. It is difficult to pinpoint a reason why, but in fairness we came up against some top opposition in Orlando Pirates (BP Top 8) and Kaizer Chiefs (Coca-Cola Cup), but that is the luck of the draw in soccer.

Until next time,


Coach's Column - Gavin Hunt

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