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Kaizer Chiefs legend Brian Baloyi pondering future football role

Posted: 28 May 2018 Time: 17:00

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper coach Brian Baloyi says he will reflect on his career options in the coming weeks.

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Baloyi has been coaching at Amakhosi for the past three seasons, both at senior and development level, working alongside the likes of former coach Steve Komphela and MultiChoice Diski Challenge coach Arthur Zwane.

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The former shot-stopper previously also held an administration role at Mamelodi Sundowns upon his retirement from playing in 2010, and has yet to figure out exactly what lies ahead of him, though insisting his future remains within the beautiful game.

The 44-year-old recently mentored a South African five-a-side team to the Castle Africa 5’s championship in Lusaka, Zambia, where he revealed his intention to sit down with his family and decide on his future.

“Personally, I’ve got a couple of weeks to really go back and sit and think what is it that I really want to do, and how do I want to make a contribution within the game,” Baloyi tells KickOff.com.

“From there I’ll then be able to say, ‘Okay, this is [what I want to do]'. Whether it’s coaching or administration or any other capacity. When I retired at Sundowns I was for a year and a few months in an admin position.

“And I did say before that, not only is it my ambition but that’s where I really want to make my contribution, but then I went into coaching. So, now I’m at a time when I just need to sit down with my family and reflect, and come up with a decision that this is what I really want to do in football.”

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Asked whether a role within SAFA structures would appeal to him, given former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe’s wishes to head up the association at some point in the future, Baloyi admits it would be something to consider.

“Yeah, most of us former players are looking with keen interest [at getting involved at SAFA]. I think my generation and the one just before, and I was quite fortunate to be a part of about three generations of football in my 20-year career,” he responds.

“The generation that came before me that I looked up to and that I now spend a lot of time with. The one of ‘96 – Lucas and all of them, I think have left it a bit too late to show their ambition of wanting to be in administration in football.

“Even just getting involved, I think they left it too late and in a way they’ve now made it difficult for my generation that came after them to be able to stand up and be counted.

“But, yes, we’ve been having casual chats with some of the former players and most of us all want to get involved in taking our football forward. We know we have a lot to learn, but if we are serious about going in that direction then we have to equip ourselves with the necessary education and involvement in the game in that regard.”

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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