Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns and Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits team remember Mama Winnie Mandela during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.
- Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt admits the Premier Soccer League is “weaker” without Pitso Mosimane.
- The former Bidvest Wits mentor reveals he sent Mosimane a text message after the latter confirmed his departure to Egypt.
- Amakhosi kick-start their 2020/21 season against Maritzburg United in an MTN8 quarter final clash on Sunday.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt believes the Premiership is “weaker” without former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Pitso Mosimane.
The former Bafana Bafana coach recently left Masandawana for a post at Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
Speaking to the media on Thursday ahead of the Amakhosi’s MTN8 clash against Maritzburg United on Sunday, Hunt said Mosimane’s departure to Egypt was a great opportunity for the former Bafana Bafana coach.
“Yes, certainly we’ve had some great battles in terms of football battles, it’s been fantastic,” said Hunt.
“I think the league is weaker now because you’re losing fantastic expertise and a fantastic coach who has done an unbelievable job.
“So, the league is certainly weaker, [it] doesn’t mean Sundowns are weaker. They have strengthened their technical department and the most important thing is that they have a squad of players that can play all different formats, different ways, different competitions… it’s a fantastic club.”
Hunt says Amakhosi can compete for titles again despite Sundowns’ dominance in the Premier Soccer League.
“Kaizer Chiefs, as I’ve said, have been knocked off a little bit, we need to get back up there, challenging and trying to be as competitive as them. I think we can,” Hunt continued.
“That might take a little bit of adjusting and time. They were so close last year (to winning the league). You can’t say they gave it away. It was a real fight to the end.”
The former SuperSport United coach also admitted that he texted Mosimane after the latter confirmed he was leaving for Egypt.
Hunt hopes to take Amakhosi to the CAF Champions League and compete in Africa on a consistent basis along the likes of Al Ahly and Sundowns.
“He’s got a great opportunity, I wished him well, sent him a message… a great challenge,” Hunt continued.
“And as a club like Kaizer Chiefs, we need to be competing on those fronts. I played against Al Ahly many, many times with a far inferior squad than they had.
“I think a club like our size… our support base and personnel… I think we can do well there. Hopefully we’ll get in and do well on that front as well.”
Chiefs’ clash against Maritzburg kicks off at 15:00 on Sunday.
Send your news and stories to us email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and WhatsApp: +447747873668.
Before you go...
Democratic norms are being stress-tested all over the world, and the past few years have thrown up all kinds of questions we didn't know needed clarifying – how long is too long for a parliamentary prorogation? How far should politicians be allowed to intervene in court cases? To monitor these issues as closely as we have in the past we need your support, so please consider donating to The Climax News Room.