Youth development breeds the most significant part of process of player acceleration to professional football.
It is regarded as a thankless job in Africa, but a fulfilling assignment to all those who endeared their lives to help the young players.
One such soldier of the development of players in the Limpopo province is Coach Justice Mutileni. This brilliant amateur and youth coach took time off from his duties to chat exclusively to FARPost’s Technical Study Group.
1. Who is Coach Justice?
Justice Jabulani Mutileni was born on the 15th February 1977 in Limpopo. After school in the province it was obvious that his love for football will conquer any effort from other sporting codes to sway him otherwise.
From his early days, Coach Justice followed a youth football development pathway and has been lucky to be mentored by Limpopo’s great technicians, Frans Mogashoa (Acting SAFA Technical Director & Head of SAFA Coaching Education), Raymond Mdaka (SAFA Limpopo Provincial Technical Officer) and Ike Pula (SAFA Capricorn Technical Officer).
2. Mukumela Scouting
Coach Justice has been involved in various capacities within the youth football structures in the province. From being a provincial coach to being a member of the selection committee for many age-related teams.
He was instrumental in spotting and accelerating the progress of the current Cape Town Spurs captain, Thendo Mukumela in joining the FNB Under-16 Regional team of Limpopo and finally joining Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Development Academy.
3. Elim’s Star Scout
Most of the people hardly know where the town of Elim is situated. However, the dedicated and fearless work of Jabulani Mutileni, the town of Elim is well-represented on the map.
The current Head of Scouting at Kaizer Chiefs, Walter Steenbok paid a fitting tribute to Coach Justice, and echoed in one interview on national tv, ‘I drove to fetch Coach Justice in Elim, a town that represents his passion and commitment to youth football’. Certainly, Coach Justice is the star scout in the small town of Elim.
4. Coaching credentials
Elim’s star scout has kept up-breast with the evolutionist of the game and continued to arm himself with the right coaching educational tools.
Amongst his coaching credentials include:
1. CAF A Coaching License – 2015
2. SAFA Youth Coaching Certificate – 2012
3. SAFA D Licence – Certificate of Attendance – 2010
4. SAFA Level 1 Coaching Certificate – 2004
5. Ajax Cape Town Coaches Certificate – 2004
6. University of Port Elizabeth – Soccer School of Excellence: Regional Coaching Development Programme Certificate – 2002 / 2003.
5. Coaching experience
Few of the coaches in South Africa matches the glorious curriculum vitae of the quietly-spoken Mutileni.
His vast coaching experience include:
1. 1997: Nike Premier Cup SAFA Vhembe (former GNEP) Head Coach U/14
2. 2000: 2004: Hlanganani Football Association Head Coach: u/12 & u/14
3. 2001: SAFA Mageu Number 1 Development Coach: u/12
4. 2001: Head Coach Mukondeni Innocent Defenders FC – SAB League
5. 2001 – 2003: Head Coach SAFA Sasol League: MA Indies Ladies Football Club
6. 2005: SAFA Vhembe Coca Cola U/17 Squad Head Coach
7. 2009: Liason Officer SA U/17 vs Zimbabwe U/17
8. 2007 – 2010: Head Coach JM Sports School of Excellence
9. 2011 – 2013: Head Coach FC Basel (ABC Motsepe League)
10. 2012 – 2015: Head Coach SAFA Vhembe FNB 2010 Legacy Programme
11. 2014 – 2015: SAFA Regional & Provincial U/17 head Coach
12. 2019: Limpopo SAB U21 Squad (Head Coach)
13. 2016 – 2017: Head Coach Madritas FC (ABC Motsepe League)
14. 2017 – 2019: Head Coach The Dolphins FC (ABC Motsepe League)
15. 2019 – 2020: Head Coach Venda Football Academy (Abc Motsepe League)
6. Coaching honours
As expected, a coach of Mutileni’s calibre will have achieved a lot in the game.
Some of his major achievements include:
1. 2001: Sasol Limpopo League Champions – MA Indies Ladies Football Club
2. 2002: Sasol Limpopo League Champions – MA Indies Ladies Football Club
3. 2003: Sasol Limpopo League Champions – MA Indies Ladies Football Club
4. 2007: MTN U/16 Cup National Runner’s Up – JM Sports School of Excellence
5. 2010: Kay Motsepe U/21 National Fourth Place – JM Sports School of Excellence
6. 2004 – 2005: Thohoyandou District Football Association U/14 League Champions
7. 2017/2018: ABC Motsepe League National Play-Off
8. 2018/2019: ABC Motsepe League National Play-Off
9. 2018 / 2019: Limpopo VW Cup best coach with Dolphins fc (ABC Motsepe League)
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By FARPost Technical Study Group