Forgotten coach Antonio ‘Tony’ De Nobrega says he is now ready to make a comeback to the game after disappearing from the radar four years ago.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United head coach’s last team was Vasco Da Gama, though he is still assisting the Cape Town-based side even today.
De Nobrega says the reason he stopped coaching was because he needed a rest.
“No, the main reason why I gave up coaching is because I just needed a break,” he told FARPost.
“I have been coaching since that time Celtic were still in the NFD (now GladAfrica Championship). It was my 15th year, So I just decided I needed a break. So, there was no particular reason is just that sometimes…when you’ve been doing something that is a stressful job for such a long time, to recharge the batteries the break is what I needed.
“Yes, I would like to return to the game, I have taken a nice break now. So, I’m refreshed, got new ideas, and do some more studies on the new ways of coaching you know the new trends and everything like that.
“In the meantime, I’ve done the sports management course where am I a registered scout for sports management worldwide. I think I’m one of three people in the whole of Africa that have the certificate. So that’s what I’ve done in the meantime. I still work at the Vasco Da Gama football club. I still work around the facility there. We sold our status to Stellenbosch FC. Like I said I did the online course with sports management worldwide where I’m a certified scout.”
De Nobrega says he would welcome a job offer from both GladAfrica Championship and Absa Premiership teams.
“Yes, I’ve got a lot of experience, I’ve been in the South African game for a very long time so, I know it’s very difficult there’s not many opportunities available. But ja if something does arise, I am open.”
He says it’s unfortunate these days that coaches are only given five matches by club owners to prove themselves.
“Ja that’s very difficult you know for a stability you know. How do you build a team when you’re not given more of the backing of more than five games I suppose? Ja there’s a lot at stake so I understand sometimes that you know the result is the most important thing, and that’s why it happens like that. It’s a very difficult profession to be in.
“That is not really a problem you know; I mean there’s always pressure that comes with the job. But like I said you know if you can coach Bloemfontein Celtic you can coach anyone, the supporters want the team to win. It puts a lot of pressure on the coaches, sometimes you need to take a break from the game you know and refresh your mind and recharge your batteries.”
By Musa Nhlapo