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Is Gavin Hunt showing Kaizer Chiefs made big mistake with SuperSport United form?

10:37 GMT+4 08/10/2022
Gavin Hunt, SuperSport United, August 2022
The Pretoria team's current position raises the question as to whether Amakhosi parted ways too early with the four-time PSL title-winning head coach

SuperSport United’s brilliant form is fast restoring former Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt’s reputation as one of the PSL’s finest ever tacticians.

A 3-1 win over Sekhukhune United took SuperSport to joint second on the table.

As of Friday night the Pretoria side were equal with Richards Bay on 17 points and just two behind pace-setters Mamelodi Sundowns.

  • SuperSport United, September 2022

    Red-hot SuperSport

    After a poor start to the season, Matsatsantsa have now rattled off five league wins in their last six, the one defeat coming against Kaizer Chiefs.

    SuperSport have also scored 11 goals in their last five matches and are very much the form team in the PSL right now.

  • Gavin Hunt, Chippa United, August 2021

    Dark days

    By Hunt’s own admission, his stint with Chiefs and later Chippa United left him feeling down.

    "It's very difficult, you're a coach for 27 years, you've never been fired and all of a sudden you get fired twice in six months and then you say I'm to blame and you go from there," he told the media, as quoted by SoccerLaduma.

    “Ja, I mean you all know what happened at those clubs, first club (Hunt made a handcuffed gesture), you've got no chance and it's sad because I really felt that I would win there but it doesn't work like that.”

  • Thulani Hlatshwayo, SuperSport United, October 2022

    SuperSport ‘rejects’ surpassing expectations

    Thulani Hlatshwayo, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Thamsanqa Gabuza were all rejected by Orlando Pirates while Ricardo Goss and Grant Margeman were unwanted by Mamelodi Sundowns.

    On top of that, SuperSport sold three of their best players – Teboho Mokoena, Ronwen Williams and Sipho Mbule, to Sundowns.

    There are several veterans and journeymen in the side like Onismor Bhasera, Siyabonga Nhlapo and Aubrey Ngoma, as well as a few relatively unheralded young players who together, Hunt has moulded into a team which can't stop winning.

  • Gavin Hunt Kaizer Chiefs

    Chiefs too early to make the chop?

    Not able to make any signings due to a transfer ban, Hunt’s achievement in nearly taking Amakhosi all the way in the Caf Champions League was an incredible one.

    It must be mentioned that his overall record was not great – he won 12, drew 17, lost 15.

    Perhaps if Amakhosi had a bit more patience, Hunt could have built on his first season (where he succeeded in bringing through a number of promising youngsters) and gone on to achieve more success in his second season. Especially given the benefit of actually being able to make signings.

  • Gavin Hunt Kaizer Chiefs

    Too outspoken?

    It was perhaps not just the results which led to Hunt’s downfall - he had been hinting for some time about issues behind the scenes, suggesting his hands were tied in certain unspecified matters.

    He's not one to refrain from rocking the boat and speaking his mind and that may have cost him.

  • Gavin Hunt, SuperSport United, July 2022

    Back in business

    It’s good for South African soccer to have Hunt back in the mix again and there’s surely lots other PSL coaches can learn from the wily veteran.

    That Hunt was without a coaching job for some time shows how ruthless the game can be and he’s certainly made the most of this opportunity to remind everyone of what a top coach he is.

    It shows also what can be achieved - with what is not an expensively assembled team – by having a coach who is comfortable and happy in his working environment.