Kaizer Chiefs’ turbulent start to the season has resulted in early pressure on new coach Gavin Hunt, who has spoken about the club’s supporters.
Chiefs were eliminated from the MTN8 by rivals Orlando Pirates just before the FIFA international break and have also registered just one win in their first three DStv Premiership matches.
This has sent some Amakhosi supporters into a tailspin, with the widespread realisation that the same team that finished just shy of a league title with Ernst Middendorp last season is now struggling under Hunt.
While it is no secret that the club’s one-season transfer ban has thrown a spanner into their plans, the four-time league-winning coach admitted that the Covid-19 restrictions on supporter attendance is another disfavour for his side at the moment.
“I think it’s more a disadvantage [not having fans in the stadiums]. I think you could see it from last season already, I think they could have helped them get over the line last season certainly,” said Hunt when asked recently of the absence of Chiefs’ faithful in the stands.
“For me, I certainly feel from the players that they do miss the support that they normally have behind them, so ja. I don’t think it’s a two-way thing.
“What the pressure does [from supporters] is to certainly make you more [competitive], I would think it’s far easier. And I think the bigger clubs do suffer with the big support-base in what’s going on. So, ja, for me, it’s certainly a big loss not having the supporters there.”