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Hunt bemoans absence of 'best player'

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has rued the loss of key defender Robyn Johannes going into this weekend’s Telkom Knockout semi-final against Baroka.

Johannes will serve the first of a two-match suspension after being sent off in their 2-1 league defeat at home to Bloemfontein Celtic prior to the international break.

The 32-year-old has been a vital component in The Clever Boys’ defence since his arrival from Cape Town City at the start of the season, partnering with Buhle Mkhwanazi to keep seven clean sheets in 13 games thus far.

Going into a cup clash against what looks to be a determined Bakgaga outfit, after they eliminated Mamelodi Sundowns in the previous round, with a new-look backline is somewhat of a concern for Hunt.

“Robyn’s been a big blow to us. I think he’s been our best player this season. I think he’s been the best player in South Africa this season, but obviously I don’t want to say that [out loud],” the astute tactician said.

“But I think he’s been magnificent for us, and he gives us something that we haven’t had – that’s why I signed him.

“So, it’ll be a huge blow, but we’ve got two Bafana Bafana centre-backs, so … [it shouldn’t be too big a problem].”

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Meanwhile, the defending TKO champions have been boosted by the return of midfield duo Daylon Claasen and Granwald Scott, though Hunt insists he is in no rush to throw them in immediately.

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