Register Login Scores

Shield

Ex-Bafana Captain: Coaching Is My Calling

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana defender Siphiwe Mkhonza has opened up about his coaching ambitions, and why he has had to cut back on his involvement in the Shield Sbonis'iDiski football development programme.

Read: How The Shield Sbonis'iDiski Campaign Helped Me Join A PSL Club

The talent-spotting contest, which previously saw Shield team up with Orlando Pirates and Chelsea, has forged a relationship with Premier League champions Manchester City as well as LaLiga in a bid to expand its footprint in South Africa.

With the nationwide contest having been expanded from five to 10 regions this year, in a bid to reach over 20 000 aspiring football stars, Mkhonza has lifted the lid on his new role in the once-in-a-lifetime competition.

"This year, I have taken the technical adviser role, because I wanted to take a break to further my coaching courses so that's why my role has changed," he told Soccer Laduma in an exclusive interview.

"Obviously, I have been heavily involved over the past two years. Nothing has changed except for the fact that I am not selecting the players this year, due to me finalising my own coaching courses."

Download the new Soccer Laduma Social Media App here!

In addition to claiming that he would return for next year's Shield Sbonis'iDiski campaign in a coaching role, Mkhonza offered some invaluable advice to aspiring footballers on being mentally prepared to overcome any challenges the game will throw at them.

"Coaching is where I want to be, that's my calling; I always say that coaching is my calling," he added.

"The reason I'm also taking my coaching courses is because I want to grow as a coach, because I know I can contribute a lot to South African football.

"I've always said to the youngsters that your ability does not dictate your success in this game. Yes, your ability can get you places, but when you face adversity, that's when the mental strength comes into play.

"When you face adversity, then you tend to think 'now I can't make it', but I've always said to the youngsters, if you fail once, you must fail bigger, don't fail small. I've been telling all the regions that it is very important to understand that experiencing failure is part of the game."

Upon the conclusion of the nationwide trials in June, the top 25 players will be selected to travel to Pretoria for further trials in July.

Thereafter, three winners will be chosen, and they will then travel to Chelsea's famous Cobham training ground to train under the guidance of the Premier League giants' coaching staff.

One aspiring footballer will be crowned the 2019 Shield Ultimate Player, and will take home a one-year contract with Pirates' reserve team.

As a fan, you can enter the contest to stand a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime and fully-paid VIP experience with Manchester City at their home ground or at a LaLiga game in Spain by purchasing any Shield product and dialling the USSD code with the last four digits of the barcode on the packaging.

 

5 comments

Top 5

Comitis: I Don't See Chiefs Getting Special Treatment

123 Dec 03, 2021 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

Insider Reveals Extent Of Chiefs’ Covid Ward

66 Dec 03, 2021 11:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

4 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

Bucs Qualify For CCC Without Kicking A Ball

40 Dec 03, 2021 08:13 AM in Orlando Pirates

Finally! FIFA Respond To SAFA Complaint

132 Dec 03, 2021 04:29 PM in Bafana

Ghana Move On From Penalty Drama?

21 Dec 01, 2021 01:29 PM in African Football

Chiefs To Reignite Vilakazi Interest?

53 Dec 01, 2021 11:42 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Insider Reveals Extent Of Chiefs’ Covid Ward

66 Dec 03, 2021 11:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Swallows To Make U-Turn On Sacked Coach?

14 Dec 02, 2021 08:05 AM in Siyagobhoza

31 Covid Cases, Chiefs Want 4 Games Postponed!  

123 Dec 03, 2021 06:31 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

5 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Pirates Promise Four January ‘Signings’

19 Dec 03, 2021 03:02 PM in Orlando Pirates

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Precedent Set, Chiefs To Be Denied?

64 Dec 03, 2021 02:12 PM in Kaizer Chiefs