Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits ©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix
Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 13:00
Gavin Hunt’s absence from the touchline for the match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City is good news for the latter team, according to coach Benni McCarthy.
The Wits mentor - who gave McCarthy his professional debut as a 17-year-old at Seven Stars - will have to watch the clash from the stands after earning a two-game ban for being sent off in his side’s MTN8 quarterfinal with Golden Arrows last weekend.
"Good for us, very good for us. I was hoping they lose a couple more players with the send offs," McCarthy said in regards to the fiery clash between Wits and Arrows, as quoted by KickOff.
"It was a really strange one, [but] they ain’t the champions for nothing. You see 2-0 down with ten men they were still able to win the game, it just shows the character.
"But it's because they got for me probably the best coach in the league. That team is drilled properly, we will have to bring our A-game if we are to get something against Wits.
“They have the experience, they are a big side, and they rely a lot on set-pieces but they can also play. I think they surprise people with how they play, they have got players that are comfortable on the ball.
"So I think we will have to tighten the screws a little better, but yeah I think we will be prepared for Wits. They won't have 'Hunty' on the bench, so it's good for me.
“So I don't have to face 'coachie' when there's an altercation I have to settle. So at least now I can do it with the assistant coach, which for me is no problem.”
The match at Bidvest Stadium will kick-off at 20h00 CAT on Friday night.