Gavin Hunt: I want to coach at the World Cup


Four-time Premier League Soccer League (PSL) title winner Gavin Hunt’s ultimate goal is to coach at the World Cup and says Ghana and Zambia at some stage were interested in his services.

The Bidvest Wits mentor is without a doubt one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the PSL with eight major trophies under his belt.

“My ultimate goal now is the national team. It is not going to be here (South Africa). I know it is somewhere. I want to coach at the World Cup. That has to be the ultimate. Be it Ghana or somewhere, I don’t know,” said Hunt.

“There was a bit of talk with Ghana at one stage, but in Ghana they’ve got five presidents, and everyone is an agent. It was just talk on the phone call. Zambia also (wanted me) when Kalusha Bwalya (was still the president of the Zambian Football Association) after Herve Renard left,” – Hunt.

The accomplished local tactician had several interviews for the Bafana Bafana coaching job. “I’ve had more interviews than I have had breakfast for the Bafana job!!!

“When you walk into the room and you don’t know any of the people that will interview you, that’s the problem. I always say with the national team job, no matter where in the world, they’ve got to identify the person that they want and interview him,” he said.

“I remember in 2010, myself, Steve Komphela and Gordon Igesund, we would go into the room like little school boys,” – Hunt.

“We went there one by one and we had 45 minutes to do the presentation. I said, what am I gonna talk about in 45 minutes. You ask me the question and then I’ll talk. It was crazy times. Interesting, you learn from those situations,” Hunt continued.

The former Black Leopards, Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United coach went on to say that he is in favour of taking the risk of the league resuming amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think the most important thing is to get us back playing again, I think we will have to play behind closed doors, I think this thing (Covid-19) will go on for some time, we have to finish the league and we got to get the regulations from the health department whether it is safe to play but we have to finish the league,” said Hunt.

“There is too much at stake here, promotion, relegation, Champions League spots and Confederation Cup spot, I mean there is no rush to finish the league but we have to make the means to get back to the field and finish the league,” – Hunt. 

“I am in favour of taking the risk to play, I think if we play behind closed doors the risk is minimum and obviously the players and staff would have to be tested before we continue but behind closed doors we have to.”

The PSL board will meet with the Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize on Thursday (May 7) to look at the possibility of the resumption of the league under the lockdown regulations.

“The world is not going back to normal again we are going to be living with masks for the next couple of months, the economy needs to get back to working again, I think we need to get back and play behind closed doors but I do not make the decisions,” he concluded.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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