The strengths and weaknesses of various coaches is just one of the many topics addressed by Motaung in a wide-ranging exclusive interview for the new edition of KICK OFF magazine to mark his 70th birthday.
Over seven pages, Motaung – who founded Kaizer Chiefs in 1970 – discusses a range of topics, from his own start as a 16-year-old striker at Orlando Pirates, to the rise and demise of Bafana Bafana, and the signs of resurrection under Mashaba.
“We seem to have undone the good we did by chopping and changing. In that respect, we could have done better if we didn’t change so much,” Motaung says, reflecting on South Africa’s failure to build on the early success of winning the African Nations Cup in 1996.
He sees positive signs, however, because “right now Shakes is thinking not about today, but about tomorrow and further into the future. If we thought like that all the time, we would be very far by now. We seem to want instant success and that is a very bad phenomenon in South Africa.”
The need for “instant success” is even more of a problem at club level, Motaung reckons.
“A brand like ours, and Pirates, always have it difficult because you have to be winning now, but you also have to be looking at tomorrow and that brings a challenge because you might have to sacrifice one thing to achieve another. The coaches that come in mostly think about now, they don’t care about tomorrow.”
And that in a nutshell was Igesund’s shortcoming as national coach as far as Motaung is concerned – he thought too much like a club coach:
“Most of the time coaches are under pressure; they only want to win now. I think that was Gordon’s problem [with Bafana Bafana]. Gordon only wanted the tried-and-tested and he wanted them now. He didn’t care about tomorrow.
The latest edition of KICK OFF Magazine (issue 451) is on shelves now, and also includes an exclusive interview with Thulani Serero in Amsterdam, four pages on Siyabonga Sangweni and a face-to-face with Bafana’s new star.