Gavin Hunt left “despondent” despite SuperSport win

Gavin Hunt was left contemplating his future after some ugly scenes marred SuperSport United’s CAF Confederation Cup win over Al Hilal Benghazi.

Matsatsantsa overcame their Libyan opponents 2-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday in a match where both teams were reduced to 10 men.

Selaelo Rasebotja opened the scoring for Hunt’s side on 11 minutes and Etiosa Ighodaro netted an 88th minute winner to cancel out a 23rd minute Mohamed Salim equaliser.

Washington Arubi was dismissed for SuperSport just after the half-hour mark as Ahmed Abdulaziz was sent off with 52 minutes played.

Reflecting on the game, Hunt was disappointed by not only the poor officiating, but the negative tactics employed by their opponents that ultimately led to a scuffle on the sidelines.

Hunt explained in the Citizen: “It came from somebody trying to get somebody sent off and it was not right.

“It happened right in front of us so a lot of people reacted but it’s just sad where the game is. It’s very sad and we’ve won a game and I should be happy but I’m so despondent.

“It was actually to a point where I said I just want to rather retire and get out of the game. I can’t carry on like this. You can’t play football like this because it’s not right.”

On Arubi’s dismissal for handling the ball outside the box, which was initial a yellow card, Hunt added: “I thought it was a red card straight away but he gave him a yellow card and then I think four minutes later, he gave him a red card.

“I don’t why he changed his mind because there’s no VAR. I think it was a red card but give him a red then we know. Don’t give a yellow card, then set up the wall, put the spray paint down and push everybody back then talk to the players and say I’m going to give him a red card now.

“I don’t know if he has his own VAR or something but this game could have ended up with four players each. I think it could have been 4 or 5-aside.”