Gould hangs up his boots, takes coaching reins

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Former Bafana Bafana defender Morgan Gould has officially called it quits to his football playing career spanning over 20 years.

Gould was in the books of Sekhukhune United when they gained promotion to the DStv Premiership this past season.

The 38-year-old began his professional career at Jomo Cosmos in 2001. He later joined SuperSport United in 2008 and went on to win two league titles and a Nedbank Cup title.

A move to Kaizer Chiefs in 2012 also saw Gould adding two more league titles in his career that has seen him also play for Stellenbosch.

With over 31 Bafana Bafana caps under his belt, Gould is set to be appointed as assistant coach of the Sekhukhune United DStv Diski Challenge side.

“There comes a time in every career where you need to grow and I felt the time was right for me to grow,” Gould was speaking to FARPost on the sidelines of Sekhukhune United officials’ stadium inspection in Sekhukhune, Limpopo on Thursday.

“Fortunately, I got an opportunity to grow within the system, which I am very excited about to take, not just myself forward but the team forward. If we look at what we did (promotion) it’s history that we made and what better way than to hand the baton over to people who are eager to take the team and institution forward. So definitely exciting times ahead,” he said.

The former Jomo Cosmos academy player confirms to this publication that he will be equipping himself with coaching qualifications.

“I have done enquiries about that already and the licenses that I need to do. I am in the process of doing them currently, obviously learning never ends so I had to learn and obviously the theories will come as soon as the lessons start.

“Obviously lockdown has limited the access to having all the courses right now but I have done an entry level, so yeah I am just waiting for the new dates to be handed out and I will definitely empower and upgrade what I currently have.

“I have not retired from football, I have walked off the field and stepped onto the side of the field. So, for me, that’s my stance and it’s anxious times ahead because it’s a curveball, at the same time it’s time for me to hand the baton to others that are coming after me because I looked up to a lot of people. The Lucas Radebe, the Mark Fish, Thabang Molefe and a whole list of names that I have looked up to and they have really empowered me and passed the baton onto me so who am I to want to play football forever? Football is here, football has been here, it will always be here so I just need to impart the little knowledge that I have to the next generation,” added Gould.

This publication has been informed that Gould will be working alongside Sibusiso Zungu in the DDC team.

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By Ofhani Munyai