Gavin Hunt: ‘Barcelona will struggle in Africa


Johannesburg – Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt has opened up regarding the time wasting and cheating that takes place in African club competitions.

Amakhosi pulled off a stunning 1-0 home victory over Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca at the FNB Stadium but the match was filled with drama.

Hunt’s side were reduced to nine-men before the final whistle with marksman Samir Nurkovic and shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi being sent for early showers.

While Akpeyi’s sending off was a clear one with the Nigerian goalkeeper handling the ball outside of the box with his hands, while Nurkovic’s second yellow card came in rather dubious circumstances.

The striker went up to challenge for a header with Amine Farhane and much like many other Wydad Casablanca players on the night, the defender went down crying in pain after limited contact.

“It’s crazy. It’s just part and parcel. I’ve always said even Barcelona would struggle in Africa, because it’s tough.” Said Hunt after the match.

“I don’t want to say how the red card came about, but it’s very disappointing. It was very disappointing how he got a red card because I think you’ve got to be honest in a game, and there was a lot of dishonesty there. And that’s disappointing.

“But, you know, when you play in the CAF competitions you’ve got to be strong, and when you go away you’re going to get more of that. We as Kaizer Chiefs have to be prepared for such.”

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