Gavin Hunt (l) and Thulani Hlatshwayo celebrates as Wits are crowned the 2016/2017 Absa Premiership Champions during the 2016/17 Absa Premiership football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 27 May 2017 ¬©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Sunday May 28, 2017. 18:00
Gavin Hunt has explained that Bidvest Wits must not rest on their laurels after winning the 2016/17 Absa Premiership title.
The Clever Boys lost their final game of the season 1-0 away to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, but they had already secured the championship in the previous round.
Hunt, who has now won four PSL titles, wants to see this Wits side create a legacy of success in the coming seasons.
“The season’s been tough. If it was easy then everyone would do it [win the title],“ he told SuperSport TV after the match at FNB Stadium.
“But we’ve done it, and where we go from here is the next question and we’re looking forward to going again and competing again because it’s going to be tough.
“There’s certainly more teams in the fray now who can win the league and this is the ultimate for any club.
“And a club like us, for 96 years we never won the league. This has got to be a big step forwards.
“But we have been competing over the last few years.”
Hunt also explained how his squad depth was key to Wits’ title triumph.
“That’s what the team’s all about: using the squad as best we can, trying to make good, clever signings, players who have good attitudes, players who want to work, want to improve, good attitudes. It’s not always about the ability sometimes,” said the coach.
“We’ve got a good bunch here and, as I always say, can they go to the next level now? Can we keep pushing on? I’ve been here - I don’t even know how many years - four years and we keep getting more points, more points - it’s going to be harder now.”