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Thobejane Explains Transition From Teaching To Coaching

Baroka FC head coach Kgoloko Thobejane has explained why he quit teaching for a job in football coaching.

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Following his success in leading Bakgaga from the National First Division to the PSL last season, Thobejane has stated that he is aiming to win the Absa Premiership title and other trophies with the Limpopo outfit this season.

The outspoken coach has revealed that he discussed the decision to quit the classroom for the soccer pitch with his family before it became a reality.

"When I made the decision, I had to speak to my wife, my brothers and my mother. They all knew that this was the work that I love and football is in my blood. This is my passion. Even at school (when teaching), the young boys knew this," Thobejane said.

The 46-year-old coach also believes he has a good understanding of the beautiful game, having played in the amateur ranks.

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"Yes, I did play football. I played football from a very young age. Even today, every Sunday I still play football," the coach added.

"I was a midfielder, attacking midfielder and striker, then at some point I played centre back… those were my positions. I used to dribble a lot and score.

"I would play while also looking after my grandmothers' goats, sheep and donkeys. (Thinks for a while) I would leave the animals and go play football, and at night I would be in trouble.

"Opportunities to play professionally were far away from us in our location; all we had was school and looking after livestock."

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