Orlando Pirates Could Be on the Hunt for New Coach, Gavin Hunt Seen as a Possible Candidate for the Buccaneers

Orlando Pirates Could Be on the Hunt for New Coach, Gavin Hunt Seen as a Possible Candidate for the Buccaneers

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:58 PM
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  • Management of Orlando Pirates recently met with the current co-coaches Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi
  • Davids and Ncikazi remain in charge of the Buccaneers but the pressure is mounting on them to turn the season around for Orlando Pirates
  • Orlando Pirates have identified Gavin Hunt as a possible replacement for Davids and Ncikazi if results don't improve

With another disappointing season on the domestic front continuing and pressure mounting on co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids, Orlando Pirates could be on the hunt for a new coach.

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Gavin Hunt has been touted as a possible replacement for Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi at Orlando Pirates. Image: @Nuscher_M
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As reported by The Citizen, the Buccaneers’ management recently held a meeting with Ncikazi and Davids and told them that their future with the club was not guaranteed for the next season.

A source who spoke to The Citizen claimed that it was a squad full of egos.

“Everyone is just playing for their own benefit. I no longer see anyone playing for the team. The guys are just full of egos, I don’t understand. They like to gossip amongst each other and they even talk against one another. So, that is the thing – they don’t really like each other, they just like pretending.

Pirates are now believed to be hunting for a coach who can unite the team once again and manage the egos.

As reported by The South African, Gavin Hunt’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the job.

Hunt is currently without a club after he was left go by Chippa United. Prior to that, he was at the Amakhosi but the club parted ways with him following a string of poor results.

While his last two coaching stints were not successful, Hunt is an experienced coach who has won a lot of silverware. His success with SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits is proof of what he can accomplish with the right team.

Ncikazi and Davids remain in charge of the Buccaneers for now but could soon be on the chopping block if results in the league don’t pick up.

Orlando Pirates interested in signing Melusi Buthelezi, TS Galaxy keeper has impressed with his performances

Melusi Buthelezi’s performances in goal for TS Galaxy has caught the eye of numerous clubs and Orlando Pirates are the latest to be interested in his services. According to The Citizen, the player’s contract at the club is set to end in June after which he will become a free agent.

Buthelezi is yet to disclose the status of his contract as he seeks to help TS Galaxy avoid relegation. TS Galaxy are currently second last on the log, a point above Baroka FC, Sports Brief reported.

Pirates have five goalkeepers in their first-team squad but are looking to rebuild their goalkeeping department. The Buccaneers have Kopano Thuntsane, Elson Sithole, Wayne Sandilands, Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane. Sandilands and Mpontshane are both in their 30s while Ofori, the current first-team keeper is 29.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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