Former Golden Arrows midfielder Papi Zothwane has voiced his satisfaction in rubbing shoulders with different coaches who impacted his football knowledge.
Zothwane is currently under the tutelage of Simo Dladla as assistant coach of Uthongathi FC who are campaigning in the GladAfrica Championship.
The 39-year-old told FARPost working under different coaches both as a player and assistant coach has developed him.
“One has experienced being coached by a lot of coaches, from South Africa and Africa I learnt a lot during my playing days. I know how it feels when you are playing, there are a lot of dynamics when you are a coach, it is not about having played football before”, he said.
Zothwane appreciates working in different levels of South African football and growing as a coach. “I have coached in the Vodacom League (now ABC Motsepe League) MDC, getting closer to the first team I have worked closely with coach Clinton Larsen, coach Mandla Ncikazi and Steve Komphela. My experience in football and rubbing shoulders with those quality coaches has been good for me,” Zothwane said.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker wants to utilize the experience to help Uthongathi FC succeed. “Individually I would like to help the team keep the GladAfrica Championship status and even be in the top eight,” concluded Zothwane.
Uthongathi currently occupy 9th position on the log and they next host Jomo Cosmos at Princess Magogo Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter