Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits – a club whose top-flight status has been sold – has at least received some good news this week.
The Clever Boys are understood to be working behind the scenes to tie down as many as five players to short-term contracts to help the club conclude the 2019/20 season at full strength despite all that’s happened over the last few weeks.
Lehlohonolo Nonyane, Zitha Macheke, Keagan Ritchie, Elias Pelembe and Sameehg Doutie will be asked to enter into temporary agreements for July and August, while Mxolisi Macuphu has already confirmed to the Siya crew that he will finish the campaign at Wits.
All six players had contracts that expired yesterday – June 30.
Hunt will welcome the news following a decision by Bidvest recently to sell the club to businessman Masala Mulaudzi, who plans to relocate to Braamfontein based outfit to Venda and renamed it Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.
Wits would have celebrated 100 years of existence next year.
Premier Soccer League clubs are still waiting for confirmation to return to action, but it is expected that teams will return to training soon and complete the season in a “biologically safe” environment in the coming weeks.
The Clever Boys were in sixth place with nine Absa Premiership matches to play before football was halted by the Coronavirus pandemic back in mid-March.
Hunt himself is expected to begin his own job search after the new owners claimed he was too expensive to keep on their books.
He still has a year left on his Wits contract.
Story by @superjourno