Gavin Hunt: A master of unleashing young talent

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With four Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles and several cup competitions triumphs under his belt, there is little disputing that former Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt is a success story in South African football.

Hunt, who has an eye for talent, has over the years proven that he is not afraid to give players, more especially youngsters a chance. The experienced mentor has declared he wants to be remembered for opening the doors for footballers at a professional level.

The outspoken coach has brought through the likes of Abednego Mosiatlhaga, Ben Motshwari, Benni McCarthy, Phumlani Ntshangase, Phakamani Mahlambi and more recently Rowan Human, who was handed his first-team debut by Hunt.

After seven years in charge, Hunt signed off in emphatic fashion as Wits beat Polokwane City 3-1 at FNB Stadium on Saturday. It was ‘The Students’ last ever encounter in top-flight football.

Picture courtesy of Bidvest Wits.

“It was a great way to finish, I think we finished fourth which is great with what we’ve got. It’s fantastic! I’m really proud of the players and the club,” said Hunt, sharing his thoughts about the legacy he hopes to have left at Wits.

The Joburg-based outfit concluded the 2019-20 campaign in fourth place with 52 points, having won 14 games, drew 10 and conceded six defeats.

“When a coach leaves you always think you want to leave the club in a better place than when you arrived, but there’s not going to be that.

“I want to be remembered for giving lots of players opportunities and the most important one is winning the league, that is something you can never take away,” he added.

Picture: Bidvest Wits.

“It is something that hasn’t been done in 97 years and we did it, with a club of our size, that is something that will always live with me,” concluded the former SuperSport United coach.

Hunt led Wits to three trophies – the Telkom Knockout, MTN8 as well as the Absa Premiership title in 2016/17 but the PSL’s longest-serving coach has to find a new home as ‘The Clever Boys’ will cease to exist as from next season with new owners, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) set to take over.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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