Friday, 06 November 2020 13:01

Photo Credit:Muzi Ntombela. 

Kaizer Chiefs have a mountain to climb if they are to overturn the 3-0 deficit in their MTN8 semifinal, second leg against Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

Goals from Zakhele Lepasa, Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch have put Pirates firmly in the driving seat.

Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt believes his side deserved more from their 0-0 DStv Premiership draw with TS Galaxy on Wednesday, but admits they lacked a cutting edge without injured striker Samir Nurkovic.

"We had unbelievable chances and you have to be taking them," Hunt said. "But defensively we were a little bit better. A clean sheet is something to build on.

"And we've just got to build, one step at a time. Give these younger ones a go. Obviously when the game gets a little bit helter-skelter like it did today, the younger players go missing a bit because of the physicality."

Set-pieces have been a strength for Chiefs both last season and this one, but Hunt says they need to find more variety in their game.

"You can't be relying on that. As I said when I arrived here, it's fantastic but your biggest weapon [Nurkovic] is not playing. He's the guy that scored most of them. And he won't be ready for two or three months.

"We can't just score goals like that. We've got to take more responsibility in those areas and I thought we had some good opportunities as the game went on. But I think a draw was fair.

"Still nowhere near how I want a team to be performing. Especially without the ball. We were way off without the ball."

If you look at even Pirates, how they were struggling to score and all of a sudden they got three [goals] against us, so these things can turn very, very quickly," said Hunt.

"I don't think [much will change under Davids] – the structure will be there, I'm sure, he's been there for some time now, so I'm sure the structure is in place," he added.

Meanwhile Pirates stand-in coach Fadlu Davids said "Lorch injury doesn’t look good,But we’ll get the information from the doctors."

Lorch was stretchered off early in the 1-0 DStv Premiership victory over Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday.

Davids blamed fatigue from the weekend success in the MTN8 first leg for his side’s below par display, but was thankful for the three points against Celtics as he deputises in the head coach role for Josef Zinnbauer, who has temporarily returned to Germany for family reasons.

Elsewhere Bloemfontein Celtic will host SuperSport United in the second leg of their MTN8 semifinal on Saturday, with the chance to make a rare appearance in the decider of the top eight competition.

The tie is locked at 1-1, a familiar score when these teams clash.