Bidvest Wits yesterday finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in South African football, when they announced that Vilakazi, 26, had joined Mamelodi Sundowns.
“It is always sad to see a player go, but this happens,” said Hunt.
“The pressure came from their (Sundowns’) side – he was happy to stay.”
The Clever Boys played hardball in their negotiations with Sundowns, securing a transfer fee, as well as Botswanan forward Ngele and Zimbabwean striker Malajila from the Brazilians.
Hunt described Ngele as “very similar” to Vilkazi and said Malajila was a “very good player …. now our attack looks very strong, also with James Keene, Eleazar Rodgers, Gabadinho Mhango and Phakamani Mahlambi.”
Young sensation Mahlambi is still recovering from torn knee ligaments but Wits expect him back for the second half of the season.
Wits also confirmed yesterday they had signed Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet from FC Kortrijk in Belgium. Keet, 26, is likely to challenge veteran Moeneeb Josephs for the No 1 spot at Wits.
“There has to be a natural progression and changeover, we also have young Carl Peters (as a goalkeeper),” said Hunt.
“We are very happy to get a guy (Keet) like that, it is a good signing.”
Wits started their pre-season last week, and Hunt seems happy that the Vilakazi saga is now finally over.
“It (the pre-season) has been good, the whole Vilakazi thing was pending so now it is done and we can start working on our best combinations and get going,” added Hunt.