Gavin Hunt would be happy to see more Bidvest Wits players in the Bafana Bafana squad


The Bafana Bafana defence is made up mostly of Bidvest Wits players and Gavin Hunt would like to see more players from the club getting senior national team call-ups.

In Bafana’s final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in March, four of the six players in defence were from the Clever Boys.

Darren Keet, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Sifiso Hlanti all started as Bafana defended for their lives to ensure that they qualify for the AFCON, which is set to be played in Egypt next month.

Hunt is pleased to see his players shining in national team colours and will work to get more players in the squad.

"The four have pretty much been in the squad for the last year and we want to get more in there. They have done well and they¹ve won trophies with us here already, so they know what it¹s about and it came through when they played against Libya. I’m proud and happy, like we all should be," he said.

"There’s a lot of negativity around the way the team plays and all that nonsense and I think that¹s not good." 

Baxter was criticised for his system of having three central defenders and two wing backs, but Hunt says it's not always about how the team wins.

"The good thing about our team is that they are flexible. They can play in a back three, in a back five or in a back four and that¹s what they give. What is football all about? If we did not qualify, people would be saying 'we did not qualify'.

"It's like the under-20s, they played in the [U-20 AFCON] and they did not play well. It was terrible, hard to watch, but they qualified for the World Cup, fantastic. What we’ve got to understand as a nation is that it’s not about how, but it’s about how many.”