Absa Premiership

Gavin Hunt joins elite 'four title' club

Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - After guiding Bidvest Wits to the 2016/17 Absa Premiership title, Gavin Hunt joined Gordon Igesund and Ted Dumitru with four PSL crowns.

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It has certainly been a season to remember and with just one match day left, Hunt once again added his name into the history books.

Hunt started his coaching career in the Mother City with Seven Stars for three seasons before switching allegiance to city rivals, Hellenic.

He then made the move north to Limpopo to mentor Black Leopards for a season back in 2001.

The now 52-year-old then spent five years at Moroka Swallows where he guided the Soweto side to the Absa Cup (which is now known as the Nedbank Cup) in 2004.

It was only when he arrived at SuperSport United in 2007 that he really began to bare the fruits of his labour.

Hunt guided Matsatsantsa to three consecutive PSL titles between 2007/08 and 2009/10 - a feat no coach achieved before - or since.

During his time in Pretoria he also claimed the Absa Premiership Coach of the Year award for three seasons in a row.

On Wednesday evening, as Maritzburg United held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 2-2 draw, Wits dominated Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium and brushed aside Rise and Shine 2-0 with goals by James Keene and Daine Klate.

The victory put Hunt's name alongside the PSL's greatest ever coaches.

Igesund won his first PSL crown in 1996/97 with Manning Rangers and went on to claim a further three titles with Orlando Pirates (2000/01), Santos (2001/02) and Sundowns (2006/07).

The late Dumitru, who started coaching in South Africa in 1985 at Kaizer Chiefs, won his first and second PSL titles with Sundowns in back-to-back seasons in 1996/97 and 1998/99.

Dumitru's third and fourth crowns came during the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons with Amakhosi.

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