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Throwback Thursday: Gordon Gilbert

Posted: 15 February 2018 Time: 13:00

Gordon Gilbert was supposed to sign for Orlando Pirates in 2008 from Mpumalanga Black Aces but Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs hijacked the deal.

It was a dream to sign for Amakhosi until he started working with coach Muhsin Ertugral.

“I was supposed to sign for Pirates. Bobby [Motaung] organised a meeting and I signed for Chiefs, which I did not regret,” Gilbert tells

“[But] Muhsin did not make it easy for me and it seemed like he wanted me to fail. I won man of the match in my first match but it did not seem as I was ever good enough. The problem is he did not sign me, I was signed by the management. I think Muhsin wanted to prove a point and he did not want me to succeed at Chiefs. That for me is something I will never forgive him for. Coaches have a responsibility to build careers, not break them down.”

He continues: “I am happy with what I achieved. Of course I have regrets. I regret some of the opportunities I did not take with both hands. I am bitter towards some of the people that came in my way and made life difficult for me. But no career is free-flowing and many players will tell you that.”

After spending two years at Chiefs, Gilbert joined Moroka Swallows.

“I was playing my best football at Swallows. Then I went to Scotland and got injured. In my mind if I had not left Swallows, I believe things would have went better. I believe if I stayed at Swallows I would have reached new highs.”

Gilbert, who also played for Thanda Royal Zulu, is now working in the family business, but still wants to work in football as a coach.

“The transition is tough. You go from having a routine that was set for many years, but all of a sudden there’s change. I miss football – the training, competition, team spirit. It’s not easy, but I do keep myself fit. I play in charity matches and fun soccer games, which helps to get my fix. I am busy sorting out my coaching badges. I am striving to get my Uefa pro licence. I also do a lot of soccer clinics in rural areas.

“I do mountain biking to keep fit and to have fun. In terms of work my father has got a company that sells mining equipment to mines. It’s a family business.”

He believes he can coach in the PSL in future.

“I have attributes to be a good coach and I would certainly add value. I need to get my coaching badges and work my way up.”

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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