Former Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo has made a long-awaited return to his Soccer Laduma column, as he looks forward to sharing his football knowledge and experience with you, the reader of this publication.
The South African football legend made his return this week in issue 989. In the first column on his return, Doc has discussed the progress of some of his colleagues and fellow coaches in the PSL, among other topics.
Khumalo has also revealed who his mentor is out of the current batch of PSL coaches. Below is an extract from this week’s Chillin’ with Doctor Column.
There’s a renowned coach doing exceptionally well at Mamelodi Sundowns by the name of Pitso Mosimane. Have we ever thought of making use of his expertise? Not to share his Sundowns philosophy or methodology, but just insights as to what made the difference and elevated his coaching acumen. Whether you like it or not, Pitso is one of the best coaches around and we have to use such coaches for the country’s benefit. He’s in the Champions League and MTN8 semi-finals. Eric Tinkler and Roger de Sa also reached the CAF finals.
Steve Komphela is in charge of one of the biggest teams in the country and has the national team experience. Cavin Johnson is coaching one of the best football-playing and fastest growing teams in South Africa. Gavin Hunt is in charge of one of the best teams in the land and the man’s record speaks for itself. Dan Malesela has been a revelation since he joined Chippa United. Manqoba Mngqithi proved his worth at Golden Arrows and everyone can see his impact in the Sundowns technical team. Serame Letsoaka is another good coach who has been involved in the national teams. We have the likes of Stuart Baxter, my mentor and someone I have learned so much from about the game. He knows just how highly I rate him; he’s an unbelievable coach.
You also have Muhsin Ertugral, who has done a great job for South African football. There’s also Ernst Middendorp and many, many others. These are the guys that continue to make a difference in our game and I’m pretty sure that they are only a phone call away. I don’t think any of them would not be willing to share their ideas on how to take our national team forward.
To read more about up-to-date football issues from the Chiefs and Bafana Bafana legend, get the latest copy of the Soccer Laduma newspaper for the Chillin’ with Doctor Column on page 22.