Coach Seski: A multi-faceted youth football soldier


The success of many football initiatives is often theoretically credited to male pioneers from Kaizer Motaung, Irvin Khoza, John Comitis and Jomo Sono just to name a few.

But the converse also applies to one exceptional and brilliant youth coach of our era, Mme Mmaphefo Daphney Mofya, or loosely called ‘Coach Seski’.

“I measure my own success as a leader by how well the people who work for me succeed. While we may be individually strong, we are collectively powerful. Balancing goals with inner peace is hard to achieve, but worth pursuing. It’s important to know that you have the power to persist or retreat,” says Maria Shi, Director, North America Large Enterprise Strategy and Operations with PayPal.

Shi’s assertiveness and triumphant resolve, is remarkably true and capably well-matched by Coach Seski’s coaching credentials and outstanding belief in the development of young players within the town of Mahwelereng and the rest of the Limpopo Province.

Today, FARPost take a sublime posture and reveal the beautiful work carried out by Coach Seski and her close associates in helping the youth of her township.

1. Coach Seski—-A Coaching Mother

Coach Seski was born and bred in Limpopo, she obtained her Primary Teachers Diploma at Mokopane College of Education in 1992, and later graduated with a Further Diploma in Education from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2002 and crowned it with Bachelor of Education Honours (Bed Hons) from the same institution (UP) in 2004.

Her football qualifications include:

– SAFA Introductory Coaching Certificate (2003)
– SAFA Level 2 Coaching Certificate (2004)
– CAF C-License (2008)

All these accolades achieved whilst being a mother and a wife to Mr Mofya.

2. Limpopo Women’s Technical Officer

In the last 2 years, Coach Seski and other elite coaches from all over South Africa, have been tasked by the national association (SAFA) to head a strategic component within their technical directorate.

Coach Seski’s work in the province has been to facilitate coaching courses, recruit and develop coaches, assist in the player identification process, work alongside the Regional Technical Officers and ensure that the talent pipeline within all districts of the province continues.

3. MSST Project

The Coach is also the founding member and coach of the Mogalakwena Sports and Skills Training (MSST) Project.

MSST was established in August 2014 with the principal objective of promoting different sporting codes, while at the same time inculcating the culture of education and learning.

The long-term goal of the organisation is to ultimately become a Further Education and Training (FET) institution that focuses on creation of competitive multiplicity of sporting teams.

Besides being a sport-social initiative, MSST also has a soccer team that campaigns in the SAB Regional League.

4. Main Achievements

MSST has produced 2 players who are currently playing in the professional ranks, namely Keletso Makgalwa (Mamelodi Sundowns FC and National U23) and Selaelo Rasebotja (SuperSport United FC).

In terms of education, the project has produced the highest mathematics performer, Robert Nkhumane (picture below) in the entire Limpopo province in Mathematical Literacy in the year 2018.

This was achieved partly due to the fact that, the player was residing at the clubhouse with Coach Seski and that made the situation easy to monitor his academic output while performing his football activities at the same time.

Robert is currently attending at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) where he is doing his second year in Sports Psychology and was awarded the study scholarship by UJ, as MSST are in partnership with the institution for outstanding players in football as well as academically.

5. Helping hand

MSST has a bigger desire to go into the deep rural parts of Limpopo and identify talent and then afford it the opportunity to play professional football, whilst still balancing their educational capabilities.

The project has partnered with Kgati ya Moshate Secondary School for their schooling programmes from grade 8-12. MSST also has football camps, tours and tournaments during school holidays.

To achieve all of this, MSST plead to individuals, sponsors, corporates and business to help the initiative in accelerating the necessary change in the lives of the youth of Limpopo

For any enrollment, educational support and possible donations, please contact:

M.D Mofya (Managing Director) MSST Project at 082 974 6413.

Ke mogwasha malleala go tuma go busha a sa go lleli. Ke motho wa bo Tau tshehlana !!!!!!!!!

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By FARPost Technical Study Group 

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