Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo gives glowing Gavin Hunt tribute
Posted: 29 June 2017 Time: 11:00
Bidvest Wits defender Thulani Hlatshwayo gave a glowing tribute to coach Gavin Hunt at the club's awards evening on Wednesday.
The Wits skipper walked away the big winner as he picked up both the Players' Player of the Season and Player of the Season accolades to cap off a fine season, after leading the team to a historic MTN8 and Absa Premiership double.
The 27-year-old central defensive rock has established himself as one of the toughest defenders in the PSL, and has previously praised Hunt for his contribution to his game.
However, upon collecting the best player award, Hlatshwayo thought it appropriate to share a touching message of appreciation to his mentor, much to the applause of his teammates and the guests gathered at Kyalami.
"Ever since the amateur leagues, I've never won an [individual] award," revealed an emotional 'Tyson'. "But I knew that my time would come... And my time in now!
"I'd like to thank everyone that has contributed to my football career. Each and every coach that I've worked under has put an input to who I am today.
"Each and every coach has taught me tactical awareness, technical and everything, but there is only one coach that I need to give thanks to: coach Gavin Hunt.
"I always say I'm a bear off the field but I'm a lion on it, because he [Hunt] awakened the beast in me; he showed me something I never thought I had, I would just like to say thanks to him.
"And I couldn't have done this thing alone. I'd like to thank all the senior players."
Having opted to join the Clever Boys from Ajax Cape Town in 2013 over the 'big three', Hlatshwayo shed some light on why he ended up at Sturrock Park, rather than Naturena, Rand Stadium or Chloorkop.
"The first time I moved to Bidvest Wits there was a lot of controversy around why I never joined Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Mamelodi Sundowns," he reminisced.
"But I knew my style of play. And I knew Coach Gavin Hunt would make me a regular at Bafana Bafana. And tonight I stand here as the captain of Bafana Bafana."