Bidvest Wits get an encouraging nod despite PSL challenges.

Bidest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is the PSL’s coach of the month for February. Photo: Wits Vuvuzela. 

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and striker Lehlonolo Majoro were named the Absa Premiership coach and player of the month for February earlier this week.

A statement from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) said Hunt, 53, was given the accolade based on his team’s improvement in the league during February, which saw them move up five positions to 10th.

“In that period, Hunt managed to make positive changes to his squad and got his team to move away from the bottom of the log,” read the statement.

Speaking to Wits Vuvuzela, Hunt said, “You just focus on the game, whatever happens happens.” Hunt led the team through tough victories in February as The Clever Boys won 2-1 against Golden Arrows, 2-1 against Cape Town City and drew 1-1 against Kaizer Chiefs who are currently 5th in the league.

Clever Boys’ striker Majoro scored four out of the five goals over three games that contributed to the team’s movement on the log. “He brought hope to a struggling Wits side and is a constant problem for defenders,” said the PSL on Majoro’s accomplishment.

Fourth year BEd student Palesa Mofokeng disagreed with the team’s recognition by the PSL. “In terms of the performance, it wasn’t convincing” she said. However, BSc Honours in Psychology student Nokukhanya Ndinisa took an optimistic view as she said, “Last season they were really good. The fact that they won [Coach and Player of the month] is reviving faith in their supporters.”

The awards come after The Clever Boys were knocked out of the CAF Champions League this past weekend. The reigning champions have six more matches until the end of the season. Their next match in the PSL is at home against Maritzburg United on Tuesday, April 3, 2018