Gavin Hunt explains why he changed Mphahlele playing position. Many people were suprised on Sunday when Hunt placed Mphahlele as a centre back during the whole match against Maritzburg United. Hunt said he intends to make him play in that position for the near future.
Hunt said the reason why he is removing him from the right back Position is that age is slowly catching up with the player and he won’t be able to rove up and down the flanks like he used to.
“I think Ramahlwe Mphahlele will play centre-back most of the time,” Hunt told the Kaizer Chiefs website.
“At his age, I don’t see him going up and down as much on the flanks as he used to.
“We also did not have much in centre with Mulomowandau Mathoho injured. We had Siyabonga Ngezana, who came in the second half. I had a chat with ‘Rama’ and worked with him throughout the week. If nothing happens that will be more of a long-term plan.”
Mphahlele will, however, have to contend for a starting place at the heart of defence against Daniel Cardoso, Mathoho and Ngezana.
Hunt was choosen to replace Midderndorp as Chief’s head coach In September and the former Bidvest Wits tactician says Amakhosi are still work in progress.
He has requested for some “muscle memory” and “game intelligence” from his charges as they contest for a first piece of major silverware since winning the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title in 2015.
“It is going to take a little bit of time,” said Hunt.
“I don’t like to talk too much, I want to get on the training ground and prepare for the next match. We will work more on the training ground to get some muscle memory.
“There are certain things I saw that we must do better. The most important is the mentality and the game intelligence, that comes from the training ground with practice.”