Kaizer Chiefs’ newly appointed head coach Gavin Hunt has not received a rousing welcome to Naturena but his daughter has become the Amakhosi darling overnight.
Kaitlin Hunt has endeared herself to the multitudes of Amakhosi followers thanks to her sweet messages to her dad following Hunt’s unveiling as Chiefs new coach on Thursday.
In a series of posts on Twitter, the biokinetics student could not hide her excitement on social media.
“Look at my coach,” tweeted Kaitlin moments after Chiefs confirmed her 56-year-old dad as Ernst Middendop’s successor at the Soweto powerhouse.
The tweet was accompanied by a screengrab image of father and daughter on a video call, with Hunt sporting his new Chiefs colours.
Kaitlin has already been nicknamed “Katli”, a slight twist of the shortened version of her name, Kait. Katli is derived from the names Katlego or Katleho, which are Setswana and Sesotho words for success.
“Katli ngwana mme [Katli my sister],” wrote Phiwe Phizozo among the many who responded on Kait’s timeline on Friday.
Michael Siyabonga Gonya weighed in: “Morning
@KaitHunt14 ... I’ve got a gut that tells me you’ve been a
Kaizer Chiefs since you were born. I stand to be corrected.”
“Welcome home also, your dad will have our full support!” declared
David Ceasar Thabani even suggested that the Cape Town-based Kaitlin should relocate to Johannesburg “where our team is based”.
With Hunt’s Twitter account (@gavinhunt12) idle for a few days, other fans asked “Katli” to pass on the message to the four-time league championship winning coach.
“Tell him he’s one of us now, we’ve been wanting him for years and [we] are very happy that he’s finally here. He’s a coach who knows what it means to win and we’re behind him fully,” tweeted @geeza_sthabzen.
Tso Ndlovu added: “Tell him we welcome him and there is no coach that has been welcomed like him at Chiefs for so many years, we gonna give him the support that he needs all the way to the top.”
Chiefs hired Hunt after he was released by Bidvest Wits, whose premiership status was sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in Limpopo.
There is hope that Hunt, who guided SuperSport United to three league titles on the trot from 2007/08 to 2009/10, could bring the glory back to a club once dubbed the “cup kings”.
Hunt also steered Wits to the 2016/17 league triumph.
Since his forced retirement from Hellenic FC in 1994, Hunt came through the coaching ranks at Seven Stars, Hellenic, Black Leopards and Moroka Swallows where he enjoyed some successes.
It is the reason @Emza_06 is elated: “We are way too happy for him to finally join us #KaizerChiefs but we need trophies we are still hurt.”
Chiefs last won a trophy, the Absa Premiership title, in 2015.