Head coach explained the challenges young coaches are facing in South Africa

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Amazulu head coach Ayanda Dalmini discussed the challenges facing young coaches in South Africa and how he was able to work in managing the first team.

The landscape of South African football-coaching is replete with European traveling and experienced coaches, constantly recycled by teams. It is an ecosystem that is difficult for young coaches to break.

The nature of football’s high stakes, for millions of people invested and stakes, means that most club owners go for the “safest” options in recruiting coaches to manage their players. This cautious approach also stems from many clubs struggling to get sponsors, and most of the money to get them from their owners’ pockets.

Amajulu head coach Ayanda Dalmini, 36, said, “Coaching is not as easy as it looks, so it is not easy for any club to give opportunities to those who are not tried and tested.”

“The biggest challenge when young and inexperienced coaches are exposed is to get that break in the industry. South African coaches need to be given the opportunity to showcase their skills in coaching. This helps not only coaches But rather it will help them. ” The South African football standard rises and we will no longer depend on foreign coaches. I am not saying that he should be given a chance in the senior team.

“It’s okay to start on development structures so that one can learn more about football where there’s less pressure. Being a top player doesn’t necessarily make it the best coach. I’m one of the few players who just got a chance Gone. After days, it’s not easy for others. I was very fortunate to start my coaching career at an institute that I know so well. Even though the transition was not easy, knowing the culture of the club Helped me get well into coaching.

“When Amazulu gave me a chance with the Under-19s, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I had to grab that opportunity with both hands and use it wisely. I had to be myself for the team. I needed to prove that I am capable. 19 and the MultiChoice Dicky Challenge helped me a lot in understanding all aspects of coaching. As an interim coach of the first team, stepping up to take the reins was not an easy task. Professional teams Development is a different ball game from teams. “

Dalmini was hired as Amazulu’s interim coach in March this year after the dismissal of Jozef Vukuisi, who left the club fighting to avoid charges. Dlamini, who was assisted by Moneb Joseph, helped the club maintain its dominant division status. For his efforts, Dlamini was rewarded with a three-year contract. The club’s new owner Sandile Zungu has given Dalmini a tough mandate of finishing in the top four.

“We were under pressure. I had to adjust quickly and use my experience as a player, especially when it comes to communicating with players because I knew it was something that would make the team a Keeps up with, ”said Dallini. “Bad communication in football doesn’t produce any good results. I was a little worried when I was given an opportunity. I didn’t know if I could work with success. It was the biggest job for me. But I got it Had to take over because the management trusted me and gave me their full support. I am happy that everything changed beautifully and I am eager to pursue my journey in the coaching world. “

‘I did not choose coaching’

While many coaches struggled to break the landscape for 40-year-old Chippewa United coach Lehalonolo Sema, it was different. “I didn’t choose coaching, it chose me,” said Seema, who spent four years at Bloemfonetine Celtic in various coaching positions before moving to Chiapa.

“I wanted to get into business after my playing days were over. I didn’t have much business in mind. I wanted to be a businessman, but people kept connecting me to football. I stayed at home for a while, business. Part of. Was not forthcoming. I then heard that coach Pitso Mosimane was paying for the Safa license, he was Bafna Bafna coach till then. I decided to participate in it and that’s how I got back into football. Travel smooth. Not long. There is a lot of hard work, patience and perseverance. I allowed myself to teach, I gave myself time to learn and attend coaching courses. I have CAF B and A licenses.

“Coaching is very different from playing, the challenges in coaching are huge. We don’t just instruct, we manage different personalities and analyze the game. As coaches we deal with social challenges from players Which can affect the outcome. One game. In professional leagues there is a lot of pressure to manage the team, every game is important. Nevertheless, I am open to any challenge that comes with coaching at the highest level . I look forward to the new season and its challenges. I would love to see the club in all cup competitions. “

Like Dalmini, Mongzi Bobay helped a team he played to survive for the drop. Bobbe, 39, was part of the Black Leopards’ technical team that achieved the Premier status of Lidoda Duaha after joining the play-offs, where he took on Ajax Cape Town (now Cape Town Spurs) and Tshumuma Tsha Madizvindila. Bobbe and Morgan Sivambu probably helped the Leopards survive, but shortly thereafter the club announced Belgian passenger Patrick Osimace as head coach.

“I always knew I wanted to be a coach when I retired,” Bob said. “[Former Leopards coach] Sunday Chidambaramwa introduced me to coaching. He always used to say that he sees a good leader in me. He would give me sessions to train, from those sessions I knew that I was really coaching. wanted to go.

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