Baroka winger Thamsanqa Masiya has paid homage to his former coach Rulani Mokwena whom he says played a huge role in his football development.
Masiya and Mokwena worked together at the Mamelodi Sundowns U19 side and have developed a close relationship ever since.
The 23-year-old was also part of the Sundowns U19 side that won the Kay Motsepe Cup in 2013 under Mokwena with the likes of Percy Tau on the side.
“He is like my second father apart from my biological father, he talks to me on a daily basis and he is always watching my games and giving me input trying to help me,” Masiya told FARPost.
“He has played a huge part in my career, he coached me at the development days at Mamelodi Sundowns and we have never stopped talking since then. He talks to me about everything on and off the field,” he said.
“I have so many memories of us and I will never forget one quote which he used to tell all us that, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected’.
Masiya has also praised his current coach Dylan Kerr for helping to improve his game since he arrived at Baroka in January from Swallows.
“He has helped me a lot and I am very grateful for his contribution because we learn a new thing every day from him. You can see he loves what he does every day and it makes you want to listen and learn and it has helped improve my game,” added Masiya.
The former U20 international has played four matches for Baroka this season with one assist and no goal yet.
By Ofhani Munyai