Banyana Banyana legend Portia Modise targets PSL coaching job
Posted: 16 February 2018 Time: 15:00
Banyana Banyana legend Portia Modise harbours dreams of coaching in the Absa Premiership.
The 34-year-old ex-striker is three weeks into her job in charge of Mamelodi-based men's team eZasedladleni FC, who are fifth on the table in the SAB League.
Modise, the first African footballer to score 100 international goals, is currently studying towards her SAFA D License at the University of Pretoria's High Performance Centre.
“I want to coach in the PSL one day,” Modise said. “I want to compete with big guys and make them realise that I can be great at coaching too. I want to break that chain of not seeing female coaches leading teams in the Premier Soccer League.
“I also want to show that I too can give good instructions for my players to apply on the pitch, while also motivating them to continue doing well in their respective careers.
“By doing that I would also be proving that it doesn’t matter where you come from, whether you grew up in the shack or under the bridge for instance. The truth is dreams are valid and if you truly believe in yourself, then nothing will ever stand in your way.”
Asked how her players responded to her coaching appointment, she said: “Most of them couldn’t believe that a former senior national team player, who had scored over a 100 goals in her playing career, was here to work with them. They thought that I was just messing with their heads.
“However, because of the passion, commitment and love for the game, they soon came to realise that I was dead serious about working with them.
“And for me, that’s what it’s all about. I want to give back all the knowledge I’ve gained from all of the coaches I’ve worked with professionally throughout my playing years.”
Modise retired from playing in 2015 having scored 101 goals in 125 appearances for the national women's team.