How well do you know South African coaches?


So what do President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane have in common?

Is it punctuality or lack thereof? Or is it leadership skills? Or is it popularity? Mosimane aside, what do you think is the similarity between former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker and American boxing promoter Don King? Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela is one of the bravest men around but do you know his phobia?

FARPost lists 10 tidbits about some South African coaches, former and present.

  1. Pitso Mosimane

The Mamelodi Sundowns coach, who was born in Kagiso but partly raised in Senaone, Soweto, attended the same high school as President Cyril Ramaphosa. Sekano Ntoane Secondary School’s former students include Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe among others.

  1. Steve Komphela

The Golden Arrows coach has a phobia for knocks. During the years of struggle when he lived with his brother – Butana, an activist and ANC comrade, police used to bang their door hard. When someone knocks hard, Komphela has flashbacks to the unpleasant times. To this day Komphela doesn’t like a strong knock on his door. If he doesn’t put ‘don’t disturb’ sign on his hotel room, he lets hotel staff know about the weight of the knock he prefers.

  1. Tebogo Moloi

The former Chippa United coach, once in charge of Orlando Pirates in a reserve league match against SuperSport United at Groenkloof in Pretoria, addressed four players in four different languages in under four minutes. He instructed Michael Morton in English, Rudolf Bester in Afrikaans, Tokelo Rantie in Sesotho and Siyabonga Sangweni in isiZulu.

  1. Cavin Johnson

The former Platinum Stars coach once had a player break his leg. Years ago when Silver Stars played CS Sfaxien in Tunisia, tough as nails defender Oscar Ntwagae (may his soul rest in peace), took Johnson out during a training session. When Johnson took Stars to Sfax in 2018, he told his players what happened to him on the same pitch, where they were due to face the same opposition.

  1. Kaitano Tembo

The SuperSport United coach, a former captain of Matsatsantsa a Pitori, was valued by Mosimane so much that sometimes the former Warriors defender would travel with SuperSport on continental campaign even though he was not going to play due to injury. Tembo’s presence was key for morale in Mosimane’s team which boasted a lot of young guns – Daine Klate and Richard Rantjie among others. Mosimane used to assign Tembo to record and review matches for him.

  1. Clive Barker

Before making his name as a football coach, Barker took an interest in boxing. Barker had aspirations of becoming South Africa’s Don King. He once managed boxer Bernard Sikhepani. After two fights, Barker abandoned his cream three-piece suit and traded it for tracksuits. He fared way better as a football coach leading Bafana Bafana to their only Africa Cup of Nations triumph.

  1. Gavin Hunt

Before forming a great combination with the late Thomas Madigage at SuperSport United, Hunt and his erstwhile assistant used to be rivals on the pitch. Hunt played right back for Hellenic while Madigage, a wizard of dribble, worked the flank for Jomo Cosmos. Hunt was shown flames whenever the duo clashed. He had to have him in his corner post their playing days. Hunt and Madigage had an awesome celebration whenever SuperSport scored with Hunt running while being chased by his number two. Hunt was once asked by a member of his family:  “Why is the police man chasing you?”. Of course Madigage’s ZCC hat was confused for those of policemen.

  1. Roger De Sa

The night Abbubaker Mobara marked Brazilian superstar Neymar out of the game during the Rio Olympics in 2016, Roger De Sa’s phone rang off the hook. De Sa, who coached Mobara at Ajax Cape Town, fielded plenty of calls from a number of international scouts and club directors seeking to sign the player. De Sa had to let them know that the player was no longer under his tutelage. Interestingly De Sa, while turning out for Mamelodi Sundowns, was once on the wanted list of Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon but the fax inviting him to trials never made it to him.

  1. Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala

One of the most entertaining characters in South African football. While in charge of Bafana Bafana, whenever the chips were down and Bafana were trailing, Screamer would instruct playmaker, the late Shoes Moshoeu:  “Shooesey, oska ba passa. Banke!” Most of Tshabalala’s former players have stories for days about their former coach. Whenever his players missed chances because of rushing, Tshabalala would scream: “E tsele meetse ntwana!” prompting his player to take his time. Interestingly, Tshabalala once fainted after Moroka Swallows midfielder Aubrey “Sense of Knowledge” Lekwane scored a cracker during match against Sundowns in 1997.

  1. Rulani Mokwena

Pitso Mosimane’s confidant lives in the same estate as his nemesis – referee Victor Gomes in south of Johannesburg. Imagine Mokwena and Gomes bumping into each other on the streets the morning after a Sundowns loss where Gomes was in charge. FARPost hopes nothing thuggish goes down.

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By Hosea Ramphekwa 

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