The aspirations of many young football players in our country to succeed and possibly play at the highest level of the game, rests on the shoulders of many scouts, administrators, youth coaches and parents.
These people are the major pillars of youth football development, and often the world forget them and their massive contribution to the overall succinct player development agenda.
Some are unemployed, marginalized and ridiculed, yet they find the energy and God’s spirit to unearth, develop and liberate the talent amongst these kids to flourish.
In a brand NEW feature, FARPost will enter all our communities, introduce and celebrate the work of these iconic youth football foot soldiers from Limpopo, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and the rest of South Africa.
The FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) introduces the first youth football martyr, Peace Khosa.
1. Nkowankowa’s Guardiola
Coach Peace Khosa hails from Nkowankowa, Tzaneen. The 33-year-old is the founder and coach of local side, Nkowankowa Barcelona Development Club.
The idea to form a side was heavily influenced by the beautiful football displayed by the Catalan giants, that mesmerized the Spanish La Liga and captivated the whole world to appreciate the football that was easy on the eye.
Khosa, has a huge admiration for Pep Guardiola and his trademark football ( possession, mobility, interplay and freedom of expression) and thus followers of the local game dubbed him ‘Nkowankowa’s Guardiola’
2. Nkowankowa Barcelona
This Club was formed in 2001 and its slogan (Club Above All) represents the fragile hopes and aspirations of the young people coming from Nkowankowa township, and within its structures accommodate 5 active age groups: the U8s, U10s , U13s, U15s and U17s.
Coach Khosa also works with the dedicated and yet underrrated youth coach, Marothi Letsoalo, and both have continued to polish the young diamonds from the area.
3. Development mission
Coach Khosa has obtained his coaching qualifications (SAFA Grassroots Course, CAF D and C License). Even though on a personal note, he has promoted 2 teams to the ABC Motsepe League (lost twice at the playoff stages), his and the Club’s main objectives is to keep the players off the streets and discourage them from usimg alcohol and drugs.
4. Development products
The Club has fast tracked the early nurturing of young players and has ensured that they play friendly matches with local professional and national sides to showcase the talent of their players.
Some of the club graduates include:
Chris Mohale & Andy Mboweni (Polokwane City), Edison Khumalo (Eds Portugal 2nd Division), Tommy Mandlazi (TTM), Kuhlula Mathebula & Nkosinathi Nhlangwini (Transnet School of Excellence), Ashley Shingange & Duncan Mohale (UFS Varsity Cup), Nathan Ngobeni, Banze Mabuza and Nsovo Maholovela (Stars of Africa) and Nyiko Nkwinika (UCT Varsity Cup).
The Club plays their matches at Bankuna High School and the contact person is Peace Khosa (0834779018) or e-mail (Kulanindlala@gmail.com).
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By FARPost Technical Study Group