Filemon ‘Ronnie’ Kanalelo has revealed that the lack of respect on black goalkeeper coaches in the PSL is the reason why he decided to quit that line of work and focus on business.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper worked at both Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United as a keeper trainer, and had his last coaching job with the Namibian senior national team at the 2019 AFCON finals.
"I left the game because I felt that, when it comes to contract agreements, there is always that issue of the financial part," Kananelo opens up to KickOff.com.
"I have my own standards and they still believe, especially in South Africa, that a black man is not capable to earn that kind of money that you are asking for as a goalkeeper coach, but they are able to give it to someone else of a lighter skin colour.
"I just thought if this is the case, I do not want to be in this kind of environment. All black goalkeeper coaches do not earn good money in the PSL.
"Pirates have had white keepers for a while now and Chiefs have Lee Baxter. Let us be blunt about this – Moeneeb [Josephs] and Wendell [Robinson] are coloured. Show me any black goalkeeper coach in the PSL who is earning good money.
"The black goalkeeper coaches are at Baroka, TTM, Black Leopards, Chippa United and [Bloemfontein] Celtic. I also blame a lot of this on the black guys failing to go out there to educate themselves in that department and therefore most of them are underpaid.
"This is because they just take whatever the club gives them. This is because the clubs also do not rate them [highly]. In my case, I have equipped myself well enough in goalkeeping over the years and so I have my standards and will not allow someone to think I am just a stop-gap type of guy who does not value himself. If someone has that kind of idea about me then we cannot work together."
The 50-year-old fitness freak now resides in Windhoek, Namibia, and considers himself lucky to be in the line of business that he is involved in.
In March, the Namibian newspaper reported that Kanalelo received a golden handshake of around R360 000 from the Namibian Football Association.
Kanalelo only ever played for Sundowns through his time in South Africa from 1997-2005 and then went on to be involved as keeper trainer at Celtic and Maritzburg United.
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