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Gavin Hunt slams SuperSport's Champions League chances

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt
SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt dismisses his side's chances

Coach of South Africa's SuperSport United, Gavin Hunt, says his side have no chance against Al Ahly of Egypt in the African Champions League.

The Egyptian side hold a 2-0 lead going into Saturday's second round second leg tie in Polokwane.

When asked about his side's chances of overturning the first leg deficit he simply replied: "And pig's might fly , let's see what happens."

"But to be fair we could have won the first leg - we lost 2-0 but we had some chances and that was with half a team as well."

Hunt added that of his 25 registered players he only has 13 available for this clash, including two goalkeepers.

"We've no squad to play in this because we have lost players and you can't register new ones," Hunt told BBC Sport.

He went onto explain that clubs have to register 25 players for the Champions League in December and he then sold three players during the South African transfer window in January.

To add to his woes three players are suspended and has several injuries.

Despite the recent problems in Egypt and the suspension of the country's league Hunt says Ahly are a stronger team.

"They have almost a full international team, a team that's got not problems," he insisted.

South African sides don't care at all about the Champions League at all

Gavin Hunt, SuperSport United coach

"When they register their regular squad in December they still have those players."

His comments came despite the fact that the Egyptian league and the South African league start and end around the same time.

The coach, who has led SuperSport to the the last three domestic league titles, admits South African pay little attention to the Champions League.

"South African sides don't care at all about the Champions League," he said.

"It's a huge spectacle but nobody cares, we just have to get on with it and do what we can."

Hunt blames the fact that South Africa follow a European season for the problems and the costs of travelling around the continent.

"It costs an arm and a leg to get to away games - we travel 12 hours to Frankfurt then three hours into Africa and then back to Frankfurt and onto South Africa - so it takes three or four days," he pointed out.

TP Mazembe's Dioko Kaluyituka
Dioko Kaluyituka scored for TP Mazembe against Simba of Tanzania

Other highlights this weekend include Zamalek, the great Cairo rivals of Ahly and the other Egyptian challengers this year for a 1.5-million-dollar first prize, trying to overcome a 4-2 deficit when they host Club Africain of Tunisia in a clash of former champions.

The first-leg goal fest was partly due to the rustiness of the adversaries with the overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia leaving clubs there without competitive action for several months.

Defending champions TP Mazembe from the DR Congo have created history by becoming the only club to twice successfully defend the title and now they have their sights on a record third title in a row.

Patou Kabangu, Cameroonian Narcisse Ekanga and Dioko Kaluyituka scored in a 3-1 first-leg victory over Tanzanian visitors Simba, whose Ugandan striker Emmanuel Okwi snatched a late goal to keep the tie alive.

A couple of former champions are in trouble with 1976 winners Mouloudia Alger of Algeria trailing Dynamos of Zimbabwe 4-1 after a poor showing in the first leg in Harare that was partly salvaged by a late Reda Babouche penalty.

"I am gutted because we came to Zimbabwe full of hope for a good result. What happened has left us with a really tough task," admitted ex-West Ham striker Youssef Sofiane.

Vita Club of DR Congo conquered Africa in 1974 and it does not look like they are going to repeat that feat this year after slumping 1-0 in Kinshasa to 2008 runners-up Coton Sport Garoua of Cameroon.



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