Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies coach Jerry Tshabalala is relatively a big fish in South African Women’s football coaching circles.
Tshabalala, who guided Sundowns Ladies to the inaugural SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL) title glory, says he wouldn’t say no to his country of birth should he be considered for a future coaching position.
“If the mother body says here is an opportunity for you to go coach Banyana, why not? South Africa is my country, so I will go out there and represent my county,” Tshabalala told the South African Football Journalists Association (SAFJA).
The Sundowns Ladies mentor has reiterated that he would jump at the chance to coach Banyana or within the women’s national team structures.
“Let my work speak for itself, I shouldn’t speak for myself, when that chance is presented then I will grab it with both hands, but I believe everything happens for a reason and everything has its own time and now it’s not yet my time.
“Honestly speaking, I’m not the one to say whatever that I have achieved I qualify to coach Banyana Banyana, no that’s not me.
“If the hierarchy sees that I deserve (to coach) Banyana Banyana or any other national team, then let it be, I am not the one to say I want to coach Banyana or the U17s. If it happens, it will happen,” he added.
Tshabalala went on to praise the work done by the current Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis, who led the national team to their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance in France – 2019.
“Coach Ellis is still doing a good job, if you have a coach who’s been nominated for CAF Coach of the Year twice in a row, she won it, so let’s just keep it that way, she’s doing a great job,” concluded Tshabalala.
The experienced mentor has steered ‘The Brazilians’ ship since 2012 and will lead the club to the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League in 2021.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi