Human is the best player in SA at his age – Hunt


Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt has described rising star Rowan Human as ‘the best player of his age in South Africa’.

The 19-year-old came off the bench in Wits’ 3-2 defeat at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns over the weekend in the Nedbank Cup semifinal and was one of the top players in 2019/20 Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC), where he scored 14 goals before he league was discontinued due to Covid-19.

Hunt strongly believes that the attacking midfielder has a bright future ahead of him and will be a ‘superstar’.

“And then I put the kid [Human] in against Sundowns and he was a revelation,” said Hunt.

“He’s the best player in South Africa at his age. There’s no better player than him‚ I believe I haven’t seen a better player at his age. And I think he’ll be a superstar.

The Amajita (SA U20) midfielder made his Absa Premiership debut in January when Wits beat Stellenbosch 2-0 and has featured six times for Wits in all competitions this season.

“But I’ve got him [Human] for the next two‚ three weeks‚ and that’ll be the last time I’ll see him. So, I’m disappointed about that,” added Hunt.

‘The Students’ will no longer exist come the end of the 2019/20 campaign, after the club sold their Absa Premiership status to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) of Limpopo.

Hunt, who has promoted eight players from Wits’ MDC side for the remainder of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) said younger players will be given game time in the PSL Gauteng bio-bubble.

“As the fixtures get finished you will see more and more [of Wits’ promoted players],” he said.

“I wanted to start Solly [Khunyedi] but with his Covid testing, I never trained him the whole week. I trained him this morning‚ and he looked a bit rusty.

“He’s been unbelievable in training the last three weeks. He’s been scoring goals‚ he’s certainly been a shining light for me. And I didn’t start him because of the Covid testing‚ and our doctor being positive.

“And I mean we don’t have the biggest squad, so we had to realign a bit and change it a bit. We had to play Deon Hotto out of position [on the right]. Elias Pelembe hasn’t come back and Sameehg Doutie was suspended so we didn’t have anyone on the right-hand side,” concluded Hunt.

Wits will tackle Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday at 18:00.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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