The Citizen (KZN)

SuperSport Utd ready to adapt to tricky conditions

- Katlego Modiba

SuperSport United are geared up for the tricky Nedbank Cup quarterfin­al clash against in-form side Stellenbos­ch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium today.

Gavin Hunt and his charges travel to the Western Cape, which has been hit by severe storms recently. Some schools in affected areas remain closed due to the adverse weather conditions.

According to the South African weather service, no rain is expected in the Cape Winelands area today.

However, Hunt (below) is cognisant of the fact they might have to change their tactics for the Stellies game that is scheduled to kick-off at 3 pm in the university town.

“We have to try and get a team out there and obviously conditions will play a big part. Hopefully, we’ll get a calmer day than it has been over there in the last couple of days,” he said.

“Obviously, the tactical approach will change according to the conditions. We will see because it is a rugby pitch and it’s always difficult to play there so we will have a couple of ways of doing things.

“I think when you get to this time of the season, it’s not about what you do in training because that should have all been set in stone. It’s about the mental preparatio­n for games.

“We have been busy, especially in the last couple of months. This is the first time we haven’t played in midweek. Next week it starts again which is fine, and we want to stay in the cup because it keeps us busy.”

Stellenbos­ch come into the clash against Matsatsant­sa a Pitori on the back of a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitio­ns. The last time the current Carling Knockout champions tasted defeat was in a DStv Premiershi­p match against runaway league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in September last year.

“They have done great and the proof was obviously winning the Carling Knockout. So there’s a lot of good work going on behind the scenes and they are in a good position in the league,” Hunt acknowledg­ed.

“They have sold well which is important, and they have also bought well. I mean (Iqraam) Rayners changed their whole season from last year. They were bottom of the league midway but they haven’t looked back since he has gone there from us.

“So you have to commend them for the way they run the club. It’s no fluke.”

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