SuperSport United head coach Gavin Hunt has lamented the club's centre-back crisis ahead of the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 clash with Cape Town City.

SuperSport have Ime Okon and Keegan Allan suspended, while Thulani Hlatshwayo is injured, leaving Siyanda Xulu as the only recognised central defender in the squad. Hunt has had to call on Bilal Baloyi from the DStv Diski side to fill the void.

Baloyi has only appeared four times in the top-flight but did well alongside Allan in the 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch FC on Friday and will partner Xulu at the heart of the Matsatsantsa defence that has been lacking in personnel all season.

Despite their medical room issues, the Pretoria side have won their last three matches on the trot. City have lost just one of their last ten but SuperSport have won four of the last five meetings between the sides.

“We’ve run out of the centrebacks, with all of them injured or suspended,” Hunt said.   

“So that area of the field has been tough for us and it’s no coincidence we are third [in the league] when we should be six or eight points clear of second place.   

“It’s because we struggled in that department. We can’t keep bodies on the field in that area. It has been a major concern.”  

City and SuperSport are in second and third place in the Premiership, both on 30 points.