Gavin Hunt slams rival coach over Gift Motupa advances


Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has made his feeling known regarding a rival coach’s comments relating to transfer interest in one of their star players this season.

Wits striker Gift Motupa had been the topic of widespread transfer speculation last month, with Mamelodi Sundowns believed to have approached the club for his services.

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However, the move did not make it over the line before the midnight deadline on January 31, and it seems as though Motupa quickly put the disappointment behind him after netting a crucial goal that later led to his side knocking Orlando Pirates out of the Nedbank Cup on Sunday.

But Hunt was not impressed with the public advances of one particular coach, who he refused to name, labelling comments he read in newspapers on Sunday “a disgrace”.

“It’s important to keep Gift, obviously. I saw a report in the paper [on Sunday] that’s really disturbing from another coach [commenting] about our player,” said Hunt.

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“About us turning down a certain amount of money, I mean, it’s a disgrace. That thing should never be like that.

“So, the boy’s head is in the clouds because of all the talking from everybody, and it’s disappointing.”

It is thought that the four-time Absa Premiership-winning coach was referring to comments made by Pitso Mosimane, who was quoted from an interview in which he said, “I’m not disrespecting other teams here. But really, who is worth R22m? How much is he earning monthly? I’m just saying.”

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