Absa Premiership

Hunt accepts Ntshangase departure

2020-04-17 13:48
Phumlani Ntshangase (BackpagePix)
Phumlani Ntshangase (BackpagePix)

Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt has seemingly made peace with the fact that he will be losing midfielder Phumlani Ntshangase next season.

Ntshangase has spent the last six years at the Clever Boys but his contract is set to expire at end of the campaign.

The player spent the last two seasons on loan at SuperSport United and then Maritzburg United and is set to sign a permanent deal with the Durban-based club.

Hunt told KickOff: "Ja, he's from Durban so I think he'll want to stay there.

"Agh, you know, he was injured for a period and now he's playing a little bit, and obviously in centre-midfield we can't give him game-time.

"We've got a lot of players there, so it's very difficult."

Ntshangase started his professional career as a defender but it was Hunt who converted him into central midfielder where he has since gone on to shine.

Hunt continued: "You know, people forget about this, he was a centre-back until I played him in centre-midfield, now he's playing in centre-midfield.

"But [at the time] I said to him he'll be far too short to play centre-back [in the PSL] - to be a real good centre-back, you need a little bit of height and a bit of aerial presence.

"He's a strong boy, and now he's made a career of playing centre-midfield.

"So, I got hammered a little bit for letting him go, but he's certainly done well this season.

"Meanwhile, we've got Cole [Alexander], Thabang [Monare], Rowen [Human], Haashim [Domingo], we've got a lot in there, you know.

"It's no good bringing someone back just because of sentiment and then they don't get to play."

- TEAMtalk media


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