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Hunt open to signing 'Bibo'

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt continues to drill beleaguered former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo and has admitted he is open to registering him in the January window.

Ntshumayelo has been training with his former boss for the past two months in an attempt to pick up the pieces of his once glittering career, following his four-year drug ban in 2016, which was recently reduced to two years.

The 28-year-old is determined to get back to his previous best and has been diligently attending training with the Clever Boys without compensation, with Hunt giving him a platform to do so after the pair worked together at SuperSport United.

“He’s doing fine. He’s coming back, and he’s got the quality, and he’s still young enough so we’ll see [how he continues],” said Hunt as he provided an update to the media on Tuesday.

“We need to drop him in Cape Town and let him run back to Jo’burg for a week, but otherwise he’s alright. Every day we take the kombi, take him five to eight [kilometres] – I think now it’s getting to about 40kms.

“He just needs running. He knows how to play football, I’m not going to tell him much. He’s got an understanding and he’s got experience now from when I had him [at SuperSport].”

‘Bibo’ still appears to be carrying plenty of excess weight despite all the cardio he’s been made to do, but Hunt has defended that his height does not help his appearance much.

“I don’t know what he’s doing between now and tomorrow morning [in terms of diet]. I mean, he tells me he’s eating [healthy] and I say, ‘what?’ But, you know, when you’re short, you’re going to pick up weight quicker than a tall person, so anybody that’s short is going to get fatter quicker,” he defended.

“I don’t know what he’s doing between now and tomorrow morning [in terms of diet]. I mean, he tells me he’s eating [healthy] and I say, ‘what?’ But, you know, when you’re short, you’re going to pick up weight quicker than a tall person, so anybody that’s short is going to get fatter quicker,” he defended.

Asked whether a deal to tie him down would be on the cards during the upcoming January transfer window, Hunt certainly did not rule the option out.

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