Da Gama feels Gavin Hunt’s pain amid Wits sale: "It’s very difficult”

Da Gama feels Gavin Hunt’s pain amid Wits sale: "It’s very difficult”

- Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama can relate to Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt's challenging situation

- Da Gama has empathised with Hunt, who will be out of a job due to the sale of Bidvest Wits to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM)

- Ten years ago, Da Gama found himself dealing with a similar situation when Silver Stars was sold to Platinum Stars

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Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama has expressed his sympathy for what Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and his players are going through.

Wits were recently sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) and Hunt has been informed that his salary is too high.

The club will also be relocating to Limpopo, with Thohoyandou Stadium as their home ground.

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The net effect is that Hunt will be unemployed at the end of the season and some of the players will be in a similar boat.

Da Gama can relate to their plight, as he was faced with a similar situation ten years ago when Silver Stars was sold to Platinum Stars.

Da Gama said, "It is very difficult. I had a little bit of that taste when Silver Stars was sold to Platinum Stars; players had to relocate and all that."

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In Da Gama's case, he was fortunate that Platinum Stars kept the entire team and retained his services.

SowetanLIVE reported that a mass exodus is on the cards for Wits, as the new owners have emphasised that they'll only be retaining players they can afford.

Da Gama was in two minds about the timing of the announcement.

He added, "At the end of the day maybe it is also better to announce it early so people can make plans. I hope Wits will go out and do well in the league and the Nedbank Cup."

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Wits will be sold a year before their 100-year celebrations.

Wits University had opposed the sale, but as a minority shareholder were outvoted.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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