Gavin Hunt expecting “intense” battle with Richards Bay

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt admits he has not seen a lot of Nedbank Cup Last 32 opponents Richards Bay, but expects them to bring “intensity” to their clash at the FNB Stadium on Sunday.

No top-flight side has been knocked out by lower league opponents more times than Chiefs, who have been lost on five previous occasions, and hunt is wary of what he might face on Sunday.

“I haven’t watched them [Richards Bay] live, but I have seen some footage of them. We have had a look at them, we will try and play accordingly with what we think [they will do],” Hunt said.

“What the NFD teams have got is that they play with much more intensity. It is helter-skelter and PSL teams are not used to that. They are small [players] and nippy, and they move all around the pitch. The pace … the way they play, it’s just with more intensity.”

This season has been a roller-coaster for Chiefs as a transfer ban bites, but there have been signs of improvement in recent months and Hunt admits that the Soweto giants go into any competition with the expectation from fans that they will win it.

“Expectations are high, and we do need to be challenging. But let’s get through the first round and take it from there.

“I feel for the fans, I am more determined than anybody to bring success. But let’s give the opponent the respect and get through the first round.”

Chiefs last won the Nedbank Cup in 2013 when they beat Hunt’s SuperSport United 1-0 in the final with a goal from Bernard Parker.