Coach Whitey: Football Foot soldier intellect

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The Ekurhuruleni Municipality is renowned for producing highly technical and tactically sophisticated players, with the likes of Jabu Pule (Mahlangu), Bongani Zungu and Musa Nyatama quickly coming to mind.

Their dribbling wizardry, cunning manipulation of the ball, illicit tactical improvisation and a constant imaginary ball application, makes them, a must-recruit targets.

But, it is the tireless work of generous football soldiers and coaches, like Coach Whitey, that the FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) wants to salute and bestow the necessary technical appreciation.

A. Who is Coach Whitey?

Ntsikelelo’ Coach Whitey’ Tshowa is a humble gentleman of the game. He grew up in Brakpan (has a twin brother) in the East Rand and is a qualified educator with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Higher Diploma in Education (H.D.E), Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Law with Rand Afrikaanse Universiteit (R.A.U).

Amongst his coaching qualifications include, the SAFA Professional License, CAF A License and SAFA Youth Coaching Certificate.

B. Coaching Instructor

As a highly skilled SAFA Coaching Instructor, Coach Whitey has conducted coaching courses for SAFA at Introductory and Grassroots levels, where his expertise are crucial in teaching the coaching basics, craft the strategy for the region and identify the best young players capable of representing the region and the district at interprovincial and national championships.

Last year (2019), together with Walter Steenbok, Coach Whitey was invited by the then Technical Director of Botswana Football Association (BFA), Serame Letsoaka, to lecture the CAF ‘A’ License coaches in leadership, match analysis and usage of modern technology software in coaching.

C. Kwadutsa Project

The beginning of 2019, saw Coach Whitey start the Kwadutsa Youth Academy (Kwa-Thema, Duduza and Tsakane townships), in a strategic partnership with Nigel High School and fully supported by the School Governing Body and the local football structures.

Kwadutsa Youth Academy currently has 2 age groups (Under-15s & Under 17s) and hope to enroll more boys and girls in the near future.

The aim of the Kwadutsa academy is to deliver on the following key pillars:

1. To teach and train young players holistically
2. To afford the players the best possible technical and tactical coaching
3. To unearth and nurture talent capable of fulfilling its true potential
4. To produce football players that will be in demand locally and elsewhere
5. To develop players capable of self application at different playing intensities
6. To have young players breaking into elite leagues at the age of 19-20 years or younger
7. Accelerate the players development to represent South Africa and possibly ply their trade overseas

D. Mixed-breed coaching intellect

With his experience of having worked as a youth coach at the Transnet School of Excellence from 2009-2014, at Kaizer Chiefs from 2016-2018, Head Coach of Benoni Premier reserve team from 2007-2008, University of Johannesburg (Daveyton branch) football coach from 2005-2006 and the Orlando Pirates Apprentice/Development coach from 2003-2004, he is best placed to deliver exceptional young products from the Kwadutsa academy and the region at large.

Having produced the likes of Phakamani Mahlambi and Zungu, and with his combination of being a coach, educator and an instructor, Coach Whitey symbolizes a rare and uncommon football stalwarts called the ‘Mixed breed coaching intellects.’

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By FARPost’s Technical Study Group

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