Former Golden Arrows and Bafana Bafana midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni has hailed Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi for the role he played in many footballers' careers.
Mngqithi is still the only coach to lead Golden Arrows to cup glory after clinching the MTN8 title in 2009 with a squad full of unknown youngsters from different townships and rural areas.
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Khuboni says the Arrows squad that embarrased Ajax Cape town at Orlando Stadium still can't forget the impact Mngqithi made on their careers.
"Coach Manqoba is special, he is a brave coach who can see talent before anyone else. He can take any player from the streets to the starting line-up," Khuboni tells KickOff.com.
"I believe that helped us at Arrows during those days, even now when we play indoors with Njabulo Manqana and other players who were part of that team, we always talk about how special Mngqithi is and the role he played in our careers.
"He didn't care about whether you were in the Bafana Bafana squad or not, he would be honest with you and even if you can call Siyabonga Sangweni or Thamsanqa Gabuza now, they will tell you about coach Manqoba. He's very honest and a great coach. We won that cup because of him."
Even though Khuboni was part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, there are some who feel he did not reach his full potential, while he has also lost his place in top-flight football.
"I had personal issues to deal with, which I really can't get into it," he says. "It has to do with traditional and business. I had to work on myself as a human being."