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By Katlego Modiba

Football Journalist

Gavin happy to be back in class as he hunts for Caf A Licence

"We need a conveyor belt of the next guys," says Hunt.

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt is enjoying his time away from the hustle and bustle of the PSL during the current international Fifa break.

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He has a different challenge on his hands. The 59-year-old is currently upskilling his coaching badges by enrolling in a Caf A Licence course in Johannesburg.

Hunt has a European equivalent qualification, the UEFA A Licence, but it’s not enough for him to sit on the bench for Caf Confederation Cup matches.

Hunt, along with other top South African coaches. is part of the course and he spoke to the media at Safa House on Wednesday.

“We need a conveyor belt of the next guys. Obviously, I’m at the wrong end of it because it’s not going to last forever,” he said.

“There’s got to be a high level of intelligence, a high level of qualifications, a high level of implementing things. Everybody can copy off books and read on YouTube, but can you implement it?

“When I grew up and how we were trained, you saw when we came back into readmission. We had a good national side and the football was on a good level. Why has it dropped now? There’s no use saying these are the problems but what are the solutions? It is to produce better coaches so there’s a conveyor belt of what’s going out there.

“Because rubbish in (equals) rubbish out. We need to have good staff and have the implementation of it in training ways so we can coach players better and make better teams to make the national team better.”

According to Hunt, he will now be allowed back in the dugout in Caf matches while busy studying towards the Caf A Licence.

“Personally, you can come away with a lot and I think that’s the reason why I’m here,” he said.

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“The game is so diversified at the moment there are a whole lot of things happening off the field. Hopefully we can all learn from one another and try to improve the game because ultimately we’re here to try and improve the game from grassroots level right up until the top.

“Obviously, practicals are for me where I’m more comfortable because it’s on the field but it’s great I’m enjoying it.”

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