Tyson: Hunt awoke the beast in me

Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has credited his rise to prominence at Bidvest Wits to head coach Gavin Hunt.

After joining the Students on a free transfer from Ajax Cape Town in 2014, questions were raised in South African media over the ambition of the robust defender – with Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns rejected in the process.

However, under Hunt, Hlatshwayo was handed the captain’s armband and led the Clever Boys to their maiden Premiership title last season.

His form within the backline of the Braamfontein based side has seen his stock dramatically rise and has since been rewarded with the captaincy of the national team by new manager Stuart Baxter.

“He (Hunt) just loves winning. During my stint at Ajax (Cape Town), the team would treat a defeat as something normal, expecting it to happen to any team, but not at Wits. He (Hunt) always calls us for meetings after every defeat,” the PSL Player of the Year nominee told The Star.

“I’ve worked with a whole lot of coaches who’ve contributed to me being a player I am today. The likes of Foppe de Haan, Roger De Sa, and all my development coaches, all of them contributed,” he added.

“But I have to admit that it was coach Hunt who transformed me into a beast. He awoke something I never thought I had inside of me.”

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