The only missing puzzle piece in Hunt’s CV is the Bafana job that has eluded him for the past decade
MULTIPLE championship-winning coach Gavin Hunt is not bitter about missing out on the Bafana Bafana job once again.
The South African Football Association (Safa) opted to appoint Molefi Ntseki as the new Bafana coach after the resignation of Stuart Baxter soon after the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt this year despite the fact that Hunt has enjoyed a trophy-laden coaching career.
He is currently in charge of Bidvest Wits, and under his leadership, Wits have become a formidable force in the South African landscape; the Clever Boys winning their first league championship through his guidance.
The only missing puzzle piece in Hunt’s CV is the Bafana job that has eluded him for the past decade.
After the 2010 World Cup, it was a two-horse race between Hunt and Pitso Mosimane for the country’s plum coaching post and on that occasion Hunt came off second-best to Mosimane.
Speaking with the media recently, Hunt was clearly over the fact that he missed out on the Bafana job again.
“Aargh, I don’t want go there, hey. I wish Molefi well. He has got off to a great start. I wish him well. I don’t know how many games, I must have done thousand games now. I’ve been going since 1981 (So, I have no reason to be dejected about missing out on the Bafana job). So, Ja, I will tell you a few stories,” Hunt.
The 55-year-old has numerous trophies under his belt and is, in fact, one of the most accomplished football coaches in South Africa. During his tenure with SuperSport United, for example, he won the league title on three successive seasons and also captured the Nedbank Cup.
Wits are no longer pushovers under his regime. In fact they have now became a formidable force. Since taking over the reins for Wits in 2013, Hunt has delivered three trophies (the league, Telkom Knockout and the MTN8).
But they have endured turbulent times in knockout competitions so far this season. They have already missed out on the MTN8 and the TKO.
“I’m not impressed. I was brought to the club to win trophies. I’ve won every trophy since I’ve been here. So I want to win the league and I want to win every trophy. Every coach is the same but you need ammunition,” Hunt said.
So as things currently stand he and his troops have to fight it out in the Nedbank Cup and the Absa Premiership to stand any chance of lifting something this season.
Ntseki, meanwhile, has a massive test coming up when his team faces Ghana in an Africa Cup of Nations qualification game next month and therefore, he’ll need all the support he can get.