Head coach of South African champions Bidvest Wits Gavin Hunt has berated the playing turf at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar, venue of Wednesday’s CAF Confederation Cup second leg play-off tie against Enyimba.
The Clever Boys were eliminated from the competition on away goal rule following a goalless draw in Calabar, after the People’s Elephant had forced Bidvest to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Johannesburg.
Apparently unimpressed with the standard of the playing turf, Hunt wondered how the Confederation of African Football approved the stadium for its second-tier inter-club competition.
“It is very difficult to play here; you can’t play football here,” Hunt lamented about the turf.
“A big club like Enyimba to play on a field like this is….
“Actually, CAF should never allow a game like this on a field like this, but that’s football.”
The former Super Sports United coach also expressed frustration on his team’s performance over the two-legged tie.
“I am disappointed, very disappointed because I thought we had the better chances.
“We should have won in Johannesburg 5, 6-nil on a field that’s obviously little.”
With the win, Enyimba-the only surviving Nigerian club in CAF inter-club competitions this year-have advanced to the group phase of the Confederation Cup, and will know their opponents on Saturday when the draw is staged in Cairo, Egypt.