Hunt: Chiefs are title favourites

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes Kaizer Chiefs are favourites for this season's PSL title.

Bidvest Wits are aiming for a top three finish in the 2013-14 PSL season. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title is Kaizer Chiefs's to lose, despite his Wits side lying just six points behind the league leading Amakhosi.

Hunt has led his side up to third on the log after 19 games, with a game in hand on second placed Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite his side's high-flying position, Hunt believes Chiefs go into the final months of the season as clear favourites, but has challenged his Wits team to finish as high up the table as possible to send a warning to the rest of the league ahead of next season's campaign.

"I think Kaizer Chiefs, for me, are well set to win the league. I think everybody is a little too far off the pace, and Kaizer Chiefs will really have to blow up if they are to lose it. Next season we will certainly be there or there about, but this season will be a big ask for the team. But we'll just keep going because there are still eleven games left. There's still a long way to go."

Hunt added that the main target for his side this season is to qualify for Africa through the CAF Confederations Cup.

Having taken part in the competition when he was Supersport United manager, Hunt says the continental competition should take priory for all teams.

"Most clubs don't want to be there because of the financial strain it puts on the football club. But for me, I want to be there because I enjoy it. Supersport United are there because I was there last year, and it got to me. To be in African competition is the ultimate judge."

Hunt praised striker Sthembiso Ncgobo, who has scored three goals in six games since joining the club during the January transfer window, but added that the striker can get even better.

"He's been pivotal to the way we've played in the second half of the season. He came here very out of condition after not having played much at AmaZulu. He's got to learn the runs we want him to make and where he needs to be at certain times, so there's a lot of work that needs to be done on the training ground. But we're working with him, and day by day he's getting better."

Hunt was particularly impressed with his side's first half performance in this weekend's win over Polokwane City that saw them inflict City's first home defeat in six games.

"I thought we were very good in the first half, especially being away from home against a team who hasn't lost at home all season. It wasn't easy going there, but we were well prepared and set up. I thought we were excellent in the first half. We dropped off the pace a little bit in the second half, but it was to be expected for the home team to come back at us."