are in order for Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt after his side won the 2016 MTN8
only did the Students atone for finishing second to Mamelodi Sundowns in the
league last season, but they totally annihilated the reigning league champions,
walloping them 3-0.
might be the first silverware for Hunt with The Clever Boys, but it’s been long
in the coming.
was not by sheer luck or chance that Wits roped Hunt in from SuperSport United
those four years ago. It was because of his credentials that included a few
trophies as well as three back-to-back league titles with Matsatsantsa a
has continued the only way he knows, that of signing players who are horses for
courses and shying away from big name players.
Wits game you watch, it is always obvious that there is a lot of planning that
Hunty takes his team through. They kept pressure on Sundowns right up to the
last few weeks of the league race last season.
were only let down by a few lapses during the season, but they were right there
with the eventual winners throughout.
of the happiest people with Saturday’s victory must be Brian Joffe, the
business mogul who brought in Hunt.
club boss must have been wondering when his decision was going to pay off.
before they had lifted the trophy, popped the champagne and started celebrating
in earnest, one of the presenters had asked Hunt if he was not worried about
what had happened to MTN8 winners in the past.
clubs who have won this trophy has suffered a serious slump in form that ends
up even threatening their league status. The latest were last year’s winners,
Ajax Cape Town who surprisingly beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the final but were
soon on a scary downward spiral.
don’t seem to have recovered even now.
and his charges will do well to alter this pattern as there will be more
expectations from their small band of supporters. An automatic upward
trajectory will now be to challenge for the league.
in players such as Dane Klate who was Sundowns’ destroyer on Saturday, the other
goal-scorer Eleazar Rogers and the likes of Thulani Hlatshwayo and the
suspended goalkeeper, Moneeb Josephs, he has troops capable of mounting a
sufficient challenge and even annexing the league title.
is not going to be easy but if ever there was a man capable of doing it, Gavin
Hunt is that man. Why, there are even already calls on Social Media for him to
be given the Bafana Bafana hot seat.
turning to Pitso Mosimane, the defeat might be a blessing in disguise. It could
easily work as a wake-up call for his players who were already looking
invincible and sometimes looked to be on cruise-control.
will have his hands full pepping his charges up for the mammoth task they have
in the two-legged CAF Champions League final against Egyptian giants Zamalek on
October 14 and October 21.
has been the target since mining magnate Patrice Motsepe roped him in to guide
the club into being one of the best on the continent.
international week break will give Mosimane sufficient time to work on the
for now, it is Gavin Hunt one, the rest nil.
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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