Moroka Swallows legend Andries "Chaka Chaka" Mpondo has secured himself a new opportunity in neighbouring Swaziland despite his recent absence from the limelight.
After recently completing the inaugural Betway 12th Man Programme, Mpondo has been appointed as head coach of eSwatini based club Mbabane Highlanders.
Affectionately known as “Chaka Chaka” from his playing days, Mpondo will be jetting off to South Africa’s neighboring country on Monday, 1 July to join his new club for its pre-season programme where he will be assessing and preparing his squad for the upcoming season.
The Betway 12th Man graduate has a tough assignment in eSwatini with the club winning back to back league titles in the last two seasons. However, with the skills he gained in the recent Betway 12th Man programme that include a SAFA D License, Club Administration and Project Management proficiencies, Mpondo heads to Swaziland fully prepared for monumental task.
Coaching is not a completely new venture for Mpondo. Following a successful playing career with Swallows, Mpondo took up a coaching role in the youth structures of his former club before lending a coaching hand to a number of amateur clubs in and around Soweto.
The 53-year-old said he was ecstatic with the news and is looking forward to a successful time in eSwatini.
“This is going to be a very exciting opportunity for me, bearing in mind that it is a different country. I never thought I would still be involved in football but miraculously, it has just happened,” said Mpondo.
“I have been in communication with the club officials for some time now, but the conclusion came just over two weeks ago when they called me to give me the good news. This is such an amazing opportunity which I do not take lightly, and I am looking forward to bringing success to the club.”
The former-star also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Betway for affording him and his peers the opportunity to come back into football structures through the recently concluded Betway 12th Man programme.
“I have to also thank Betway for the opportunity they gave us with the Betway 12th Man programme. It is through such a programme that people, clubs and fans are beginning to remember us. I believe that more good news will come out of this programme in the next few years. With our newly found skills, we have so much more to offer to our respective communities,” concluded Mpondo.
Betway’s Marketing Manager, Mr David Rachidi wished Mpondo the best of luck, saying that this was exactly what the programme was designed to achieve.
“We would like to wish Andries the best of luck in his new coaching career. As a brand that is deeply invested in giving back to the community, such exciting updates are exactly why Betway continues to invest time and recourses in empowering communities. We believe that this is only the beginning and more positive news will be coming from the rest of the graduates,” said Rachidi.