COACHING PROFILE: The man behind the rise of Elvis Chipezeze


The South African football fraternity is blessed with multitudes of talented coaches in the lower leagues, semi-professional leagues and in the professional ranks.

Pitso Mosimane, Molefi Ntseki, David Notoane and Desiree Ellis come to mind with amazing experiences, accolades and charisma required to operate at the highest level.

But one highly qualified and talented coach who the media and the football lovers have overlooked is Thomas ‘Spaghetti’ Nare, the current Baroka FC Goalkeeper Coach.

In fact, there are very few pictures of the man!!!

Thomas Nare with former Baroka coach, Wedson Nyirenda.

The 49-year-old Nare holds a SAFA Professional License, SAFA Youth License, SAFA Level 2, CAF Youth License, CAF B License and FIFA Goalkeepers Course and has worked at Mpumalanga Black Aces, Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Development Academy over the past decades and has seen the rise of young keepers like Khulekani Khubeka and Bongani Mpandle.

But it’s his tremendous work in moulding the Chipezezes and Kennedy Mweenes of this world that has really entrenched his capacity as a top goalkeeper coach in the PSL.

1. Chipezeze Technical development

The work of “Spaghetti” is clearly visible in the technical development of this Zimbabwean international. Chipezeze joined Baroka from Chicken Inn and his technical capacity (handling, distribution and aerial proficiency) was a bit suspect.

Nare has done well to develop Chipezeze’s technical distribution, pressured handling from both open play and set-play situations and his aerial character has completely surpassed our expectations.

2. Chipezeze’s staggering numbers

Until the unfortunate injury incident in the match against Maritzburg United, the Baroka goalkeeper has been ever-present.

The shot-stopper has played 20 league games and that is more than the PSL top goalkeepers, he has preserved 7 clean sheets, averaging a total of 40 saves, whilst conceding 0,87 goals in the 90min played in the current tough 2019/2020 campaign.

For Chipezeze to notch these brilliant figures, ‘Spaghetti’ has to instil a sense of character, tactical understanding of individual goalkeeper tactics in attack and defence, mental strength accustomed to a keeper playing for a small and unfashionable team and lastly, the adaptability consistent with a tiny-framed coming from Zimbabwe.

3. Coach Nare delivers goalkeeper accolades

Chipezeze was voted the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament for 2018 and Mweene emerged as the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season in 2008/2009, while at Free State Stars.

Chipezeze is the undisputed Zimbabwe No1 and was rewarded with the call-up for the African Nations Cup 2019 in Egypt.

Whilst Mweene is the African Nations Cup winner with Zambia and also the most player with 120 caps for “Chipolopolo”.

4. Chipezeze’s comparison with the league’s top goalkeepers.

From the table above, Chipezeze’s rise and value has multiplied since he came to the PSL and work with the shy, quiet but highly qualified coach Spaghetti.

The actual value of Chipezeze suggested by the reputable site of €350k is far low and an injustice to the work of ‘Spaghetti’ and the cumulative dedication that Chipezeze has invested in his personal game.

He has played more games than Onyango, Ofori and Akpeyi, so his stats after 20 matches is far superior and magnificent.

5. Conclusion

But why is the outstanding technical-tactical development of goalkeepers by this local coach is not clustered in the front pages of the daily newspapers and other media platforms?

FARPost salute this mentor….and yes for sure, you can’t keep a good man down.

By FARPost Reporters

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