Khabo Zondo says he never saw Mabhuti Khenyeza as someone who could be a coach when his playing days were over.
Zondo was the one who gave the former Golden Arrows, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns striker his debut in 2002.
Khenyeza didn’t disappoint as he went on to score 110 goals in his football career that lasted 16 years.
“From my time I wouldn’t have thought but who am I? It’s not easy to judge and conclude that this one would be a doctor, even your own child at home some of the children will surprise you. “said Zondo.
“But from a discipline side he always had the willingness to go out and do the correct thing. You could see that he would be a leader one day.
“He started very well by being an assistant coach, now he’s a coach, he’s starting at a right level where a person like myself started as well. I started in the First Division [now known as GladAfrica Championship] with Tembisa Classic. But to be honest I wouldn’t have told whether Mabhuti would have be one.
“Err…we will say we don’t count them before they hatch, at times we can say we don’t judge until someone comes with either negative or positive results, “added Zondo.
Zondo went on to say that Khenyeza deserves to be given a chance in his new job.
When Zondo started his root of being a coach, no one thought that yes you will be a coach that reach certain levels, work with Premier League (clubs) and even work with the national teams.
“Everything works through passion. He will learn, that’s all I can say. He will get advises. Through all the years that he has spent with different coaches there are things that he must have learned.
“I just hope that he goes in the levels of coaching for him to prosper because the game tells you that you have to keep on learning. But I’m happy that he’s been given a chance. He’s quite a clean someone as far as I’m concern, “said Zondo.
“He knows what he wants. The players will respect him for one reason, he scored more than hundred goals in his career. He is a type of a player that wants to win, let’s see if that seed can be planted to other players as well, “concluded Zondo.
By Musa Nhlapo