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SAFPU empowering former and current players in Pretoria

Posted: 18 June 2017 Time: 18:22

The South African Players' Union is funding coaching courses for current and ex-players, currently taking place at Pretoria High Performance Centre.

Former Orlando Pirates strikers Jerry Skosana and Phumudzo Manendze, former Kaizer Chiefs captain and defender Cryil Nzama, Bidvest Wits midfielder Diilion Sheppard, Highlands Park striker Fikru Lemessa, former Black Leopards defender Thokozani Mnguni and former Mamelodi Sundowns winger Koketso Mmotong are among those attending the training course.

Former Polokwane City player Kopano Seghobela, who recently revealed that he wants to coach in the PSL even though he's currently wheelchair-bound, is also attending the coaching course.

He was part of Rise and Shine side that were tragically involved in the freak accident in 2012 but he never lost the love of football and last year he obtained his CAF-D license with the help of SAFPU.

David Mkandawire is another who is attending the course after he was found last year in Kempton Park begging for money and he was taken to hospital along with former Pirates winger Juniad Hartley due to respective physiological problems.

This course is conducted by SAFA instructor Steve Coetzee and the CAF-C license course will last for the next ten day.

SAPFU secretary general Thulagnyo Gaoshubelwe has spoken about the importance of this course and says their next stop is KwaZulu-Natal.

"We are forging ahead with our mission of ensuring that players are prepared for life after football," Thulagnyo Gaoshubelwe said.

"Phumudzo Manedzhe, Jerry Skosana, Vincent Msabusela, Kopano Seghobela, Cryil Mzama, Henrico Botes, Fikru Lemessa, Kpketso Mmotong, Thokozani Mnguni, Dillion Sheppard and David Mkandawire are at Pretoria HPC doing CAF-C License with Steve Coetzee from SAFA as the instructor. We are covering all the costs at the course.

"This will help in ensuring that former players continue to getting involved in our football. Remember, these guys did the CAF-D license last year and this is a continuation until they are fully qualified.

"Soon we will be hosting the CAF-D license Coaching Course in Durban together with SAFA and our partners Cover Coaching for other former and current players based in KZN."   

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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