Gavin Hunt will mark his 900th game as a coach on Wednesday when Kaizer Chiefs take on Black Leopards in the DStv Premiership, extending his record as the longest serving coach in South African professional football.
Hunt took charge of his 899th game on Saturday when Chiefs lost 3-0 in Tanzania in the African Champions League, but they had enough of an aggregate lead over Simba SC to book themselves a place in the semi-finals of the top inter-club contest on the continent.
His record over the last 23 seasons is 382 wins, 257 draws and 260 losses. His clubs have scored 1,296 goals and conceded 928. He has not missed a season since the 1998/99 campaign.
Hunt’s career in the top flight began with Seven Stars in 1998 and he also worked at Hellenic, Black Leopards (where he was coach of the year in 2002), Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits before joining Chiefs last year.
He has four league titles with SuperSport and Wits and won the cup with Moroka Swallows and SuperSport. He had success in the Telkom Knockout and MTN8 with Wits.
Hunt, who turns 57 in July, passed Gordon Igesund’s previous mark of 816 last season while still at Wits.
His milestone comes in a season where Chiefs have struggled for consistency. They have really had a topsy-turvy campaign, with even fans staging a march recently out of concern. But they have done well in Africa so far.
Tinkler back at Cape Town City
Meanwhile, Cape Town City have confirmed the return of coach Eric Tinkler, who was in charge of the side in their very first season in the DStv Premiership in 2016-17.
Tinkler helped the newly-formed club to third place in the league and the Telkom Knockout trophy before leaving for SuperSport United, where he won the MTN8 and reached the final of the Caf Confederation Cup, but left without completing the 2017-18 campaign.
He later joined Chippa United and also spent almost two years at Maritzburg United, who he helped save from relegation.