The hunt may be over, but the route to success begins! That humongous sense of optimism has filled everyone associated with Kaizer Chiefs after the club confirmed the highly-anticipated arrival of Gavin Hunt yesterday. Picture: @KaizerChiefs via Twitter
The hunt may be over, but the route to success begins! That humongous sense of optimism has filled everyone associated with Kaizer Chiefs after the club confirmed the highly-anticipated arrival of Gavin Hunt yesterday. Picture: @KaizerChiefs via Twitter

Gavin will keep Kaizer Chiefs in the hunt for trophies, says former keeper Shongwe

By Mihlali Baleka Time of article published Sep 18, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG - The hunt may be over, but the route to success begins! That humongous sense of optimism has filled everyone associated with Kaizer Chiefs after the club confirmed the highly-anticipated arrival of astute coach Gavin Hunt yesterday.

It had been a week since Amakhosi fired coach Ernst Middendorp. The guillotine fell on the German after his team unceremoniously lost their grip of the title race on the final day of the season, losing the championship to Mamelodi Sundowns.

As a number of personnel backed the decision of the club to release Middendorp and his assistant Shaun Bartlett, petitions and suggestions from the Amakhosi faithful to have Hunt take over the reins gained momentum.

The 56-year-old coach was jobless at the end of the season, following the sale of Bidvest Wits to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who opted against keeping his services due to his asking price, ahead of the new season.

But Chiefs’ management finally put the speculation of who’ll be their new boss, after names of personnel such as Benni McCarthy and Adel Amrouche were also thrown in the basket, announcing that Hunt will take over the reins ahead of next season on a three-year contract.

“We looked at our situation and our needs before deciding on Gavin,” said Chiefs’ el supremo Kaizer Motaung said in a statement from the club. “He brings with him an abundance of experience, having coached about five teams in the Premiership. There is success wherever he has coached.”

Hunt brings a wealth of experience and success to Naturena, following a 25-year-old successful coaching career that has yielded out eight domestic trophies. Inclusive of those, is four coveted championships, three with SuperSport United and one with Wits.

But the Capetonian-born coach’s job is already cut out for him at Chiefs as he has to dust off a trophy that has garnered nothing but dust in the last five seasons, while closest they came to a silverware was the title this year and Nedbank Cup last year.

“I think it’s time for Chiefs to get back to winning ways. And I think that whenever he (Hunt) has been, that has been clear. His record speaks for itself,” Chiefs’ former goalkeeper William “Cool Cat” Shongwe said.

“I worked with Gavin at SuperSport and his desire has always been to infiltrate the continent. And what Pitso Mosimane has done, in local football, has been driven by Caf football experience. And an ambitious coach such as Gavin Hunt has taken to that.”

In his mandate to ensure that Chiefs go toe-to-toe with Sundowns for the domestic and continental honours next season, Hunt is earmarked to be assisted by Doctor Khumalo and astute development mentor Kwanele Kopo, The duo are expected to re-join and join the team on three-year contracts respectively.

Khumalo, a club legend, is targeted by Motaung’s office as someone who’ll shed off his wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of the club to Hunt. Kopo, on the other hand, is expected to have an influential role in linking the development structures with the seniors.

“Yes, he’s got his own people. But I think that when it comes to his assistant that will depend on the policy of the club. You must remember that Chiefs also have legends that have achieved so much at the club,” Shongwe said.

Hunt will begin his new role on Monday. The players are also expected to meet their new commander in chief next week.

@MihlaliBaleka

IOL Sport

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