The Bafana Bafana players that won the 1996 AFCON are doing well as coaches as their record still stand and yet to be beaten by the current Bafana Bafana players. Some players are nowhere to be found but some of them are back in football as coaches and doing their best. The likes of Benni McCarthy are also in the fold as he is the coach of Cape Town City FC.
Former football players who played professional football in South Africa were previously excluded in football matters. After retiring from playing they were no longer involved in football at the top level but mostly in grassroots level. Nowadays we have witnessed changes when it comes to the involvement of legends in South African football in general. There are a lot of legends who can help with development of football in the country if they are also interested.
Recently we have had a few former players as coaches in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the National First Division (NFD). There are a few more former players who are working their way back to the elite football of the country. With the involvement of legends, football will change for good in South Africa and the country will again be respected when it comes to football.
Kaizer Chiefs Football Club has recalled former captain of the team Patrick Mabedi to come and be Steve Komphela’s assistant. Patrick played for a number of seasons for Amakhosi and was the captain of the team when they won the then CAF Mandela Cup currently known as the CAF Confederations Cup. He was the captain for Chiefs and his country Malawi during his playing days. He is now back at the team to help with coaching as the team failed to win a single trophy in 2 seasons.
Mabedi’s appointment as Chiefs assistant coach has ended speculation that was linking former Kaizer Chiefs star Arthur Zwane to the job. Arthur was said to be the new Chiefs assistant coach after they parted ways with Ghanaian John Paintsill. Patrick will work closely with Steve Komphela to try and bring back the glory days at the Naturena based side.
Previously the team had Doctor Khumalo and Donald ‘Ace’ Khuse as assistant coaches and at some stages they were given the full responsibility of coaching the first team. Recently the 2 are involved with the team’s development structures. Sooner or later they might be given a chance back to the first team especially that Steve Komphela himself was also a player at the same team he is coaching now.
Pitso Mosimane at Sundowns was a player at the team during his playing days before leaving for Europe. He came back and started coaching until he was given a chance to lead SuperSport United first team. He was later appointed Bafana Bafana’s coach before being afforded a chance at Mamelodi Sundowns. Pitso is by far the most decorated coach in the history of the PSL and South African football in general. Pitso has won each and every trophy that is available in the PSL including the most important trophy in African football, the CAF Champions league trophy on which his tam Sundowns are currently defending.
Eric Tinkler is another former player who is doing well as a coach where he won his first trophy in the PSL with a four months old team when he clinched the Telkom Knockout trophy. He went on to challenge for last season’s PSL title which was won by Bidvest Wits Football Club. He is now at SuperSport United and will be involved in the CAF Confederations Cup once again after finishing as runners up when he has still coaching Orlando Pirates a few seasons ago.
Most of the retired footballers are now studying towards becoming professional coaches as football has evolved over the years where new methods and formations are not the same as the old ones where football was about keeping positions.