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Kaizer Chiefs Fire Gavin Hunt and Appoint Assistants as Interim Coaches

By Oliver Ngwenya    28-May-2021 20:43 UTC+02:00

Gavin Hunt. Photo: The South African


In a surprise move, DSTV Premiership side, Kaizer Chiefs have sacked their coach, Gavin Hunt with immediate effect following what may go down in history as one of their worst seasons in history. The shock announcement was made by the team on Twitter on Friday. According to the announcement on Twitter, the two assistant coaches, Author Zwane and Dillion Sheppard would take charge of the senior team. In addition, the announcement stated that the embattled coach would leave the team with ‘immediate effect’.

Gavin Hunt joined Amakhosi in September 2020, replacing Ernst Middendorp just before the start of the 2020/21 season. In his tenure at the Johannesburg outfit, Hunt took charge of 44 official matches in all competitions. Of these, the team won 12, drew 17, and lost 15 of the matches. Meanwhile just this season, Kaizer Chiefs are currently in 11th place on the DSTV Premiership standings. They have just six wins in 28 matches and have lost 11 times.

Despite leading Amakhosi in the African Safari, Hunt has been working under huge pressure most of the season, with the latest match against Black Leopards, to whom they lost 1-2. In the Confederation of African Football, Chiefs stunned the world and even their supporters when they dispatched Tanzanian visitors, Simba by four goals to nil at home. However, in the return leg, the tables were turned as the East Africans bombarded the Sowetan giants and blasted three past their goal. Fortunately for Amakhosi, the three goals were not enough to knock them out.

As the Amakhosi see off their latest coach, they have two matches to play in the DSTV Premiership league, while they still have at least one match in the CAF league. This means that the caretaker coaches will have to make plans to take these matches into consideration when they make their preparations. As usual, speculations are rife as to who will be taking the hot seat.

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