By Sibongiseni Zondi | 2018-05-17
SOCCER - BIDVEST Wits coach Gavin Hunt says Mbabane Swallows attacker Felix Badenhorst shouldn't be playing in Eswatini.
Hunt was a spectator at Mavuso Sports Centre on Tuesday afternoon where Badenhorst scored to inspire Swallows to a 1-0 win over Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto in the CAF Champions League.
The Swazi Observer caught up with the Wits coach at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel in the evening after the match where he (Hunt) suggested that Badenhorst should have long left the local game for a bigger league.
“Maybe he's been here too long or hasn't got a move and has stagnated a little bit. But he did well today (Tuesday) and scored a good goal. He played well, he worked hard," Hunt said.
The South Africa-born coach added that he was surprised clubs from bigger leagues had not snatched Badenhorst from Swallows.
"It's a wonder why nobody has taken him yet and given him a chance at another level, in another environment. It's quite a surprise but that's football," Hunt added.
Reached for comment, Badenhorst said he was humbled by Hunt's comments.
"It is motivating hearing such words coming from a big coach like him. It gives me the motivation to continue pushing and working hard. It (going to bigger leagues) all depends on my performances. Many players don't deserve to be playing locally like ‘D4D’ (Njabulo Ndlovu) ‘Nkomishi’ (Sandile Ginindza) and others. It's about waiting for the right moment because as a player you don't simply choose for yourself, it just happens. I am open to going and playing outside the country again because that's what we play for as players," Badenhorst said.
Badenhorst has played outside the country in the past.
He was in the books of South African side Jomo Cosmos between 2009 and 2011 and also spent a season with DRC giants AS Vita before returning to Swallows last year.
The soft spoken attacker has four goals in six Champions League matches this season, making him one of the leading goalscorers in this season's tournament.
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