Newly appointed Uthongathi FC coach Papi Zothwane believes the new responsibility came a bit too early in his career.
The former Golden Arrows attacking midfielder was brought by former Uthongathi FC coach Sifiso Dladla at the club and they enjoyed a good working relationship, according to Zothwane.
The 40-year-old coach was appointed as head coach after Dladla left The Cane Cutters two weeks ago.
Zothwane told FARPost that he was still enjoying working with Dladla, as they were planning for the upcoming season.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t expect it (to be appointed head coach), I was still planning with coach Pitso for next season,” he said.
“Unfortunately they (management) met with him first and they did not agree on some things, I think that’s why they decided to release him, it’s what I’m thinking.
“I was not ready to lead the team, going there my main focus was only being an assistant and learn as much as I can,” Zothwane continued.
“I still felt I was gonna have another season as an assistant, maybe after the third or fourth season you see.
“Then we can start saying I think I’ve learnt a lot from this league, maybe if an opportunity can come, I can take the opportunity.
“However as a coach you always need to be ready for anything that comes your way, because at the end of the day as a player and as a coach we have ambitions. Maybe after five years or 10 you want to be a PSL coach or you want to achieve this and that you see, so you always have to be ready.
“When that opportunity came, I told them to wait I wanna think if I should take this opportunity, because I came with coach Pitso to the team,” he admitted.
“So I had to engage with him and other coaches, those who have been through this situation before, it was not an easy decision to take. But I decided that I’ll take the opportunity and see what we can achieve for the team this season.”
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By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter