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Hunt's big decision ahead of CAF game against Horoya [opinion]

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By @Thatob_ | self meida writer
Published 12 days ago - 2246 views

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has a big decision to make as Amakhosi will finally play their first ever CAF Champions League group match on Tuesday.

Chiefs were scheduled to open their historic CAF Champions League group phase against Wydad Casablanca over a week ago but the match was postponed due to travel restrictions imposed on South Africa by Morocco.

The Glamour Boys will host Horoya on Tuesday evening at FNB Stadium already playing catch up after the Guinean outfit opened their Group C campaign with a 2-0 victory over Petro de Luanda.

Amakhosi are not in good form at the moment, coming off a six-game winless run in all competitions after a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United on Saturday.

Although the Chiefs squad or line-up is not hard to predict, Hunt will have a big decision to make on who will start the match in goal.

After a blunder in the Nedbank Cup defeat to Richards Bay, Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was dropped for the next game against AmaZulu in the DStv Premiership, with Itumeleng Khune recalled between the sticks.

However, the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper also made another costly error against Usuthu, unable to punch away a cross far enough, as Lehlohonolo Majoro pounced to snatch a late goal that gave Benni McCarthy's charges a 2-1 victory.

Despite his howler, Khune was given the benefit of the doubt against SuperSport over the weekend and at least did not make any mistake that led to a goal, with defender Anthony Akumu guilty of conceding a cheap penalty by pulling the shirt of striker Thamsanqa Gabuza inside the box.

But now should Khune start against Horoya, who possess more aerial threat, with physical and tall players?

"We are facing teams with a different types of a structure. Africans are big, they are tall and strength," Castro said on the club's official website ahead of the game.

“Its going to be interesting in our group how we can make it happen. My friends and colleagues have talked to me about [Horoya], especially when you play away games its tough, because of the weather, the conditions.

"So the most important thing for us is to make it count here in our home ground and win the game."

Considering the physical attributes of Horoya's players, who would be most likely relying on set-pieces to get their goals, maybe Akpeyi could have the edge on who starts in goal, given his tall and physical presence.

But Hunt could have other ideas. Who do you think should start in goal against Horoya?

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