Hunt welcomes Mosimane to exclusive four-title club

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Gavin Hunt has congratulated compatriot Pitso Mosimane on joining him as the most successful coach in Premier Soccer League history.

The Mamelodi Sundowns mentor became the fourth coach to win the Absa Premiership title four times when he guided the Brazilians to the 2018/19 crown on Saturday.

The pair, along with Ted Dumitru and former Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, are the only four to have won a quartet of titles.

However, Mosimane is the only man to have done it with the same club.

Sundowns sealed the title when they won their final match of the season 1-0 against Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday.

Despite the celebrations and trophy handover that followed, there is still a chance that the title may be taken away should a PSL Disciplinary Committee ruling against them be reversed.

The Tshwane club was handed a R250 000 fine for using Wayne Arendse, who was not on the team-list submitted, in a match against Hunt’s Wits team last year.

But the PSL appealed the decision with the outcome still pending and this has not pleased Hunt.

Wits ended the season in third place with points, three behind second-placed Orlando Pirates and five adrift of champions Sundowns.

Hunt conceded that he was hugely disappointed that his side did not make a stronger push for the title, particularly during the second half of the season after they had led the championship for a large portion of the season.

Hunt, meanwhile, threw his weight behind Hlompho Kekana for the coveted PSL Footballer of the Year award.

The nominees for the glittering awards function that will be held on Sunday were unveiled yesterday, with the Sundowns midfielder, team-mate Themba Zwane and Pirates’ attacker Thembinkosi Lorch dominating the shortlists.

Hunt says the 33-year-old Kekana should have already received the award in years gone by and has backed him to finally take it this year. – Report by Thahir Asmal

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