Chiefs have confirmed ex-Bafana Bafana No 1 Itumeleng Khune was not included in the squad because he “has not trained due to ill health”‚ the club said in a story posted on their website.
Khune’s absence‚ and the return‚ finally‚ of last season’s hugely influential top scorer Samir Nurkovic from injury were talking points ahead of the team’s departure on Sunday. Hunt suggested the Serbian striker is not fit enough for a start in Angola.
“It’s a big plus having Samir Nurkovic back from injury but he’s not very fit and hopefully we can get him up to speed as soon as we can‚” the coach said.
“We should be careful about putting all the pressure on him‚ but slowly he will get back to his best.”
Chiefs had just one training session‚ as they were “not allowed” a session after their arrival on Sunday‚ Hunt said‚ suggesting some form of gamesmanship from their hosts. Amakhosi were only allowed into Angola by special dispensation as that country has shut its borders to South Africans due to rising cases of Covid-19 in SA.
“We would have liked to train on Sunday‚ but we were not allowed. We did a bit of preparation in SA so the restrictions here in Luanda won’t affect us much‚” Hunt said.
“The situation is a bit disconcerting but that’s what you should expect when you play in this competition. We need to be brave and play positively and hopefully score that important away goal.”
Chiefs beat Cameroon’s PWD Bamenda 1-0 in aggregate in the preliminary round. Agosto had a bye.