Saturday, October 23, 2021

Coach Hunt sings praises of Ngele’s Midas touch

ABSA Premiership 2016/17 championship-winning coach Gavin Hunt has showered attacking midfielder Mogakolodi Ngele with praise following his club, Bidvest Wits’s first maiden league title. 

Wits successfully dethroned Mamelodi Sundowns this week after pushing aside Polokwane City with a 2-nil victory when the former champs were held to a 2 all draw by Maritzburg United.

Hunt lauded the impact Ngele has had since joining the club at the beginning of the season. Ngele joined Wits in an agreement that witnessed the transfer of Sibusiso Vilakazi to Sundowns as well as the transfer of Zimbabwean Cuthberth Malajila to Wits. 

This season Ngele celebrates consecutive league championship after lifting the trophy with Sundowns last season.

Speaking to Sunday Standard in an interview, Hunt revealed that Ngele played a vital role in the route to the championship. He said Ngele was a player that many coaches would love to have in their squad as he is a talented and unpredictable on the pitch. 

“Ngele is that type of intelligent player that you would want to have in your team. He was influential and made important decision that were vital to the club,” Hunt said.

However, Hunt revealed that there was still room for improvement on Ngele’s game. He is very good on the ball and only need to adjust and improve on his off the ball movements which is key in modern football,” said Hunt. 

He said despite pundits saying the 27-year-old could suit the European leagues; it is too late for him to think of such a move. ‘

“Now it is late as he is a bit older,” observed Hunt.

Hunt expressed interest to invade the local scene in search of talent. “It is a fact that Botswana has talented players that can make it in the ABSA Premiership and I would love to have more time to scout for players. Ngele’s talent is proof that there is a lot of talent that can be unearthed in Botswana and given an opportunity they can reach far places,” Hunt noted.

Ngele’s professional career in the ABSA Premiership has been surrounded by silverware from his days at Platinum Stars. On his maiden season at the South African elite league, Ngele scored 10 goals in 26 starts and on his second season he played a leading role in Stars’ Telkom Knockout cup success. 

His triumph continued during his stay at Mamelodi Sundowns, winning the league and Telkom Cup.

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