Football legend honoured

2018-07-25 06:01
Presenting the award to Peter Assegai (right) is Richard Thomas, Sol Plaatje Masters Football League (SPMFL) executive member. Photo: Boipelo Mere

Presenting the award to Peter Assegai (right) is Richard Thomas, Sol Plaatje Masters Football League (SPMFL) executive member. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The sporting stalwart well known as Oom Peet, Peter Assegai (69), was among the eight legends honoured by the Sol Plaatje Masters League at the Mayibuye Centre on Saturday, 14 July.

This acknowledgement was given in collaboration with the provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Frances Baard District Municipality.

Assegai’s interest in sport was established at an early age, when he started playing street soccer like every other young boy in the township. He later developed the intense urge to develop, train and coach other players.

He became involved in coaching local young boys immediately after ending his playing career in 1982. He says it truly felt rewarding to him to be part of furthering the football skills of some boys.

Assegai started by coaching Newton Highlands, and then moved on to the Newton Buccaneers, Tiger Chiefs, Aztec, Newton All Stars and City United.

In 1994 he formed his own football club, Kimberley City FC.

In 1995 he was selected, alongside the late Daniel Manong, to attend his first coaching clinics in Cape Town, which he lauds for enabling his immense insight in coaching techniques. He also attended coaching clinics which were conducted by the well-known coach Horts Krite in 1996.

In 1997 he was selected, along with Peter Dithebe, as the head coach for the Griqualand West u.19 team to participate in the Coca-Cola tournament held in Pietermaritzburg.

He eventually paid attention to his own team Kimberley City FC only.

In 2016 he attended the Safa Management Course.

Shortly after that, Oom Peet developed chronic health challenges which forced him to retire from active football.

Oom Peet is still a regular spectator of local football.

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