Hunt admits economy affecting Wits


Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has conceded that tough economic challenges in the country are also affecting the club.

Wits are reported to be operating under a limited budget, which saw a few backroom staff members leave the club at the end of last season. One of those coaches, Glen Salmon, has since found employment with Orlando Pirates.

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The Students have not been aggressive in the transfer market compared to previous seasons where they brought in high-profile players including Steven Pienaar and Daylon Claasen.

The Johannesburg-based club also sold Gabadinho Mhango and Lehlohonolo Majoro to Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu respectively during the off-season.

'It's the economy in South Africa. People are losing jobs. It's cut-backs everywhere. Everybody is cutting back. It's understandable, I understand. We are working in tough times and obviously the football industry will be the first to pull the plug," said Hunt.

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"I don't know the ins and outs but I know things have been cut and people have left for financial reasons and that. But I can only talk about things on the field of play."

Despite the financial challenges, Wits have managed to keep their most prized assets Thulani Hlatswayo and Thabang Monare, who are on the wanted-lists of both Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Hunt remains confident the club will not sell the pair this season.

"They are fine, the boys are fine. But it's disturbing when you open the football papers and there is a story about one of them. It's disturbing. They talk to me, I talk to them. I will always give them the best advice."

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