Monday, July 15, 2024
HomeDStv PremiershipHunt Reveals His Big Chiefs Regret

Hunt Reveals His Big Chiefs Regret

SuperSport United head coach Gavin Hunt admits what happened to him at Kaizer Chiefs will live with him for the rest of his life.

Hunt was appointed as Chiefs coach in 2020 with a sterling reputation, having won four league titles before his arrival when Bidvest Wits was sold.

However, he was sacked for indifferent results on the domestic scene before the season ended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all their struggles, with a FIFA ban leaving them unable to sign players, the positive was the run in the CAF Champions League, the first time they secured a place past the preliminary round.

“Chiefs was fantastic [for a CAF experience] I got to the semi-finals of the [Champions League] and then I got fired so yeah,” Hunt said. 

“I couldn’t take the team to the final, that was a real disappointment for me and it’s something that will live with me for the rest of my life, but hey it is what it is. 

“But for smaller clubs like I am with now at the moment in terms of budget constraints to get to places. Chartering planes and all these things, it makes a huge, huge difference coming from the South [Africa] especially when you play in the North three times.

“And then there’s obviously the problems of stadium controls, you know with CAF, stadiums don’t get passed, then all of a sudden one team in South Africa plays at Lucas Moripe and it gets passed, how does that work, I don’t know?”

Hunt’s SuperSport finished in seventh place in 2023/24 and missed out on CAF inter-club competitions by a single point behind fourth-place Sekhukhune United.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.