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Hunt – SuperSport Buying Players In Jan Window? Really?

SupeSport United coach Gavin Hunt says if anyone expects them to bolster the club in this January transfer window they better think again because that is not who they are.  

He said SuperSport are a “selling club”, having lost key players such as Thatoyaone Ditlhokwe to Kaizer Chiefs, Patrick Maswanganyi to Orlando Pirates, Jamie Webber to Sekhukhune United, Thapelo Maseko to Mamelodi Sundowns and Keenan Philips to Moroka Swallows.  

All these moves happened before the season started, with Hunt adding that it has been an incredible year of 2023 to see them perform when they keep on losing key players, reaching the CAF Confederation Cup group stages.   

Of course, Gavin Hunt hates to lose players, especially to his city rivals – Sundowns, who have deep pockets and consistently every year sign the best players at SuperSport.  

Hunt was previously loath at this idea in the 2022FIFA World Cup break, saying it shouldn’t be that his club is selling its best players to Sundowns because it doesn’t happen anywhere in the world that city rivals trade players to each other.  

What also makes Hunt mad is that, whenever Sundowns loan players to his side, they put a clause that says they can’t play against parent club, as Sundowns learned the hard way previously, in losing the league title when Hunt was at Bidvest Wits with Mogakolodi Ngele on loan from the Tshwane giants.    

“SuperSport United?” replied Hunt when asked if SuperSport will go into the market.  

“What do we do? What do we do? We sell. Oh,” he added before stopping. Hunt was angry because SuperSport had lost to Richards Bay in their last match before the year 2023 ended, having been on top of the world after beating Pirates in their previous game.  

Despite losing to the second-from-bottom side in Durban, SuperSport are third in the DStv Premiership table with 29 points after 16 matches, which Hunt feels they outdid themselves.  

“We made second most points in the league and Sundowns are on another league of their own,” said Hunt when asked to sum up 2023.    

“I think for the squad of our size, losing players, it has been a commendable year, good year. First time back in Africa since I was here, producing players, doing well, and third in the league. Ja.”  

To put some correction to Hunt’s point, this is not the first time SuperSport has played in Africa since he left at the end of the 2012/13 season.  

SuperSport reached the CAF Confederation Cup final in 2017 where they lost to TP Mazembe when coach Eric Tinkler arrived midway in that term after replacing Stuart Baxter.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.