South Africa under-20 coach Thabo Senong wins Limpopo Coach of the Year
Posted: 19 September 2016 Time: 16:32
South Africa under-20 coach Thabo Senong has won the Coach of the Year award at the 2016 Limpopo Sport and Recreation Awards.
The event, which took place in Polokwane on Saturday evening, is aimed at recognising and rewarding sports people from the province.
Senong was recognised for having successfully guided the junior international team to the 2017 under-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia earlier this year.
Another factor taken into consideration was his passion for Community Service Beyond Coaching responsibilities, which includes scouting in far-flung villages hosting tournaments during the school holidays in and around the Limpopo Province.
The Bafana Bafana assistant coach holds coaching qualifications in SAFA Level 1, 2, 3 as well as CAF A and B Licenses.
Senong also mentors other coaches in his participation in the SAB-level coaching education program, and was also honoured for being the assistant coach of the South African u23 National Team that qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The recently-turned 36-year-old tactician beat compatriots Douggie Eagar (swimming coach) and Mehloti Shiwabane to his first ever individual acolade as a coach and was humbled by the award.
"I am very excited and proud of this achievement, and, if truth be told, I didn’t even expect to be nominated," Senong said.
"It is my first award as a coach, and I am very humbled to be recognised by my people and leaders in Limpopo. I am very committed to scouting and coaching, that is my passion.
He added: "Amajita is doing well at the moment and I am glad that people have taken notice to the good job we are doing as coaches.
"I am still a student of the game, and I have already learnt so much from working in the u23 and Bafana Bafana set-up. It has been a good year all round.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank SAFA and my mentor Ephraim Shakes Mashaba for giving me a platform to express my passion and talent."