It is not every day you see a player getting an opportunity to sit on the bench as a head coach for a prestigious tournament like the Cosafa Caf Women’s Champions League qualifiers.
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies defender and former captain Agnes Nkosi will lead the side in the qualifiers, starting on Thursday afternoon in Durban against Lesotho Defence Force (14:00).
‘The Brazilians’ are in group A “and will also tackle Double Action Ladies from Botswana and Eswatini’s Manzini Wanderers.
“Nkosi will be sitting on the bench as our head coach. It is women’s month, why not we promote our women. I believe it is time for her to step up and come to the party,” Sundowns Ladies coach Jerry Tshabalala told FARPost.
“We are trying our level best to promote women and if we don’t give them a chance to showcase their talent, which tournament are you going to give them to show their talent? So, we believe in Agnes and her capabilities. We have been working with her and I will be sitting close to her as her assistant coach.”
In the Hollywood Super League, where Sundowns Ladies are sitting pretty at the top of the table, Nkosi will also serve as a player assistant coach, according to Tshabalala.
“We are not only promoting them on women’s month as come the Hollywood Super League games, but she is also going to be the head coach. I have confidence in her and we need to show trust in her.
“If you recall in our first season, Agnes was our captain and she showed leadership and led the team undefeated. Now she is the assistant coach. I am not throwing her in the deep end because I will be there holding her hand just to bring the trophy home to Chloorkop, let’s celebrate these women,” added Tshabalala.
Sundowns will be looking to win the coveted trophy and book a ticket to the Caf Women’s Champions League finals in Egypt later this year. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals, with the final to be staged on September 4.
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By Tokelo Mokhesi