Hunt left fuming over Smith snub

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt has expressed his disappointment at how striker Norman Smith left them high and dry to sign for Golden Arrows
Smith had been training with United for three weeks but dropped them late last week and tied a two year deal with his former employers. Hunt says Smith signing for Arrows did not sit well with him.

“I was disappoint in his attitude because when he came here, he came here with a cap in hand and nothing. We would have signed him. Obviously after three weeks training, the agent spoke to people and he left. That’s disappointing,” said a dejected Hunt.

30-year-old Smith, who was once on the books of Jomo Cosmos and Maritzburg United, started for Arrows against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday just two days after he put pen to paper, a deal made possible by the training he did at the Tshwane giants.

The three times PSL championship winning coach says the sight of Smith turning out for another team other than his own left him livid.

“That upset me a lot. We got him fit here. We had him train with us. We gave him a programme and did everything for him and he walks straight to be played. It upsets me but that is football. You live and learn,” said Hunt.

Hunt had hoped to rope in Smith as replacement for Ashley Hartog, who is out for seven months following a knee operation.  The former Moroka Swallows coach reveals that he is unlikely to sign former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari. Hunt is worried about completing his foreign quota.

“We will see what happens. Benjani is training. He is working hard but as a foreign player we can’t sign him. We just have to try and sign a local. We will see what we can do,” said the former Black Leopards coach.