According to Steve Jobs ‘If you are working on something you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you’.
This can be observed when you analyse the current Kaizer Chiefs FC Football Manager, Bobby ‘BobSteak’ Motaung.
Born on 10 July 1970 in Soweto, the flamboyant, professional and calculated football administrator, is the son of pioneer and innovative Chiefs owner, Bra Kaizer Motaung.
BobSteak remains one of the longest-serving Football Managers in Africa and his impeccable record of managing the plethora of coaches, mixed-egocentric and developing players, accend his gigantic administrative status to the level closer to his father and Dr Irvin Khoza of Chiefs nemesis, Orlando Pirates.
Today, the FARPost Leadership Study Group (LSG) takes a better look at BobSteak, the football leader and manager in the modern sports era.
a) Screamer the silent teacher
The early development of BobSteak can be traced to his work with Bra Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala, the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana mentor. Bra Screamer played a big role in the nurturing and cultivating a solid football management foundation for Bobby, who can be seen in the picture in Chiefs’ dressing room in the late 80s.
During the tenures of Paul Dolezar and Muhsin Ertugral, Bobby worked closely with the football giant, who polished his raw administrative skills and allowed him to learn as much as he could.
Currently, Bra Screamer is a close advisor and confidante to Khoza.
b) Bra Kaizer ‘The Pioneer’
Renowned businessman and Cape Town City owner, John Comitis, has been quoted several times, declaring the Chiefs Supremo, Bra Kaizer as his role model.
Whereas, Comitis admires the work of Chiefs Chairman from a distance, BobSteak has had a front-row seat in Bra Kaizer’s leadership and management classroom for ages.
The Chiefs Chairman has moulded his son’s business acumen, strategic leadership, management approach and sustained resilience required in the football industry.
Together with his father and with various legends (past and present), they have propelled Chiefs to weather all football and economic storms over the years.
c) Scouting blood
A significant part of the birth of BobSteak intertwine with the formation of Amakhosi on 7 January 1970. Bobby was born just seven months after Chiefs was formed.
During that era, the late Bra Ewert ‘The Lip’ Nene was a crucial figure in the scouting activities of Chiefs, that saw the recruitment of Nelson ‘Teenage’ Dladla and many outstanding players of their generation.
Over the years, BobSteak has delivered countless scouting masterpieces. He was influential in the signing of Doctor Khumalo and over the years scouted the likes of Knowledge Musona, Tinashe Nengomasha and Collins Mbesuma, to name just a few.
In two spells with Chiefs, Musona played 88 games, scored 40 goals and contributed 13 assists in total and, according to transfermarket.com, Musona’s market value in 2018 topped €2.5 million.
The story of both Mbesuma and Nengomasha, are quite similar but very educational to all young aspiring scouts joining the scouting business.
Mbesuma was plucked from Zambian side Roan United after a scintillating performance for the Chipolopolo Under-23 side that demolished Amagluglug (SA U23) in Potchefstroom. He scored 35 goals in all competitions in the 2004/05 campaign and was voted the best player in the league, before his move to then English Premiership side, Portsmouth.
BobSteak pipped Jomo Cosmos for the signature of Nengomasha, who was scouted at the regional COSAFA Under-20 tournament. Nengomasha played 172 matches for Amakhosi and represented the Zimbabwe national team in his glorious career.
The story of these 3 players and many more not mentioned, capitulate the scouting work of BobSteak and confirms without doubt that scouting is certainly in his blood.
d) Stuart Baxter revival
The former Bafana coach experienced a torrid spell as the national team coach between 2004 and 2005, before leaving to coach in Japan, Sweden and Finland.
BobSteak, however, decided to take a huge risk and bring him to Chiefs in 2012.
After doing a thorough research on Baxter, he convinced the Chairman and the Board to give Baxter a chance to manage the club. He then set out to Heathrow Airport, to convince Baxter to join the Amakhosi project.
Baxter delivered two championships and two local cups in 110 matches, whilst recording an average of 2.03 (points per match), ranked amongst the coaches second best to date, during his spell at the club.
Between 2012-2015, Baxter brought a whopping R52 million profit in (Cups and Q-Innovation) and this economic windfall attest to the Football Manager forward-thinking.
e) Enhancing the PSL Brand
The Motaungs have a proud record of bringing ‘New’ coaches to the league and later these coaches went on to coach other teams in the PSL.
Muhsin Ertugral, Paul Dolezar, Ted Dumitru, Phillipe Troussier, Ernst Middendorp, Vladimir Verzomovic all stared at the Amokhosi, before venturing into other projects.
And Bobby was central in all the recruitment and career-shaping of those mentors and thus contributed to the PSL brand proliferation.
Perhaps, BobSteak’s leadership and management attributes and style, is best explained by the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who asserts that ‘there are requirements imposed by which our brains work, and that leadership is about those requirements and expected relationships, which leads to leadership being a unique combination of who you are, how you think what you do, and how you relate to other people.
This Football Manager has demonstrated these characteristics on many occasions, where he had to be brutally honest with the supporters and again, forge a massive social connection and adhesion with the club paying customers.
BobSteak is an Influencer, a serial achiever and free-spirited loving individual, but his football managerial record, makes him a Football Manager Par Excellence.
FARPost LSG wishes both the Club and its Son, A Blessed 50th anniversary.
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By FARPost LSG Group