...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Gavin Hunt, the head coach of SuperSport United, expressed his concern about the state of football in South Africa, stating that it needs a reboot.
He particularly highlighted the issue of clubs selling their status and subsequently disappearing.
Hunt himself was affected by such a situation when Bidvest Wits, his former team, was sold, moved, and rebranded as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, which is now known as Marumo Gallants.
Following the sale of Bidvest Wits, Hunt joined Kaizer Chiefs and later Chippa United, but he was unable to replicate the success he had with the Clever Boys, whom he led to a league title in 2017.
However, at SuperSport United, he feels at home and guided the team to a third-place finish in the DStv Premiership this past season, narrowly missing out on a spot in the CAF Champions League, while Gallants were relegated.
In an interview with iDiski Times, Hunt expressed his views on the issue of status sales and name changes in South African football.
He believes that the football industry needs a reboot, including changes such as reducing the size of playing squads and ensuring teams stay in one location.
He emphasized the importance of maintaining the identity of clubs, as people associate themselves with specific names and brands.
Hunt mentioned the confusion caused by name changes, questioning the home ground and origin of teams like Gallants.
Hunt believes that instead of solely discussing the problems, it is crucial to find solutions and work together to take the game forward.
He drew attention to the positive impact of the partnership between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and MultiChoice, which he likened to a reboot.
Hunt emphasized the need for continuous efforts to improve the state of football in South Africa.
In conclusion, Gavin Hunt, the head coach of SuperSport United, shared his concerns about the state of football in South Africa, calling for a reboot and addressing issues such as club status sales and name changes.
He emphasized the importance of maintaining the identity of clubs and finding solutions to improve the game.