Former AmaZulu goalkeeper, Tshepo Motsoeneng, is ecstatic after leading Bizana Pondo Chiefs to promotion to Mzansi's second tier league.
Having joined the club last year as their head coach, Motsoeneng led the Eastern Cape outfit to promotion to the GladAfrica Championship after their impressive showing in the recent ABC Motsepe League play-offs.
“Gentlemen, if you know how hard it was, I started this journey with Tornado back in Mdantsane. It was after football kept me out, the chairman the late Mawawa gave me an opportunity to say ‘Coach, come in.’ I was a goalkeeper coach in the beginning, I was working with coach King (Thobela Bikwani). I must say coach King thank you very much for giving me the opportunity because today after you allowed me an opportunity to coach Tornado in my first full season as the coach I went to Limpopo (in the play-offs). In my second season I went to Cape Town, then tragically my chairman passed away,” said Motsoeneng, speaking to the media.
“Chairman Nathi (Mqokiyana) took me in and said, ‘Son come in and let’s see what you can do.’ I arrived at this team in November and they were number seven on the log. No one gave us an opportunity, no one gave us a chance at all. But we fought and fought, and we never lost a game since then. I said to these boys, ‘Why would you now capitulate at the last hurdle?” the coach said.
Motsoeneng said the team’s promotion is also massive for the people of Bizana to help in improving the infrastructure and other services.
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