Teacher follows his coaching dream

2018-03-14 06:01
Chief NkokoPhoto: Supplied

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Orlando Pirates’ 2017 Carling Black Label Champion’s Coach candidate, Chief Nkoko, lives the dream to accomplish the mission to be a coach of note.

Nkoko (30) quit his teaching job at the beginning of the 2017-’18 season to take up the position of coach at amateur side Dinonyana, a team campaigning in the SAB League in the Lejweputswa region of Welkom.

According to a press release, the decision meant that Nkoko, who had struggled for two years to get himself a permanent job in the field of Information Technology, had to take a 50% salary cut from what he was earning as a teacher at the Riebeeckstad High School.

Nkoko’s bold decision was made consequently after he featured in last year’s Champion’s Coach search where his side lost by 1 – 0 to Kaizer Chiefs.

It is in that match that Nkoko said he felt this relentless call within himself to pursue a career in coaching.

He recently attended another high-level coaching programme to fortify his coaching skills at a Safa coaching D license course held at the High-Performance Centre in Pretoria from 12 to 16 February.

Nkoko explained why he left his full-time job of an Accounting teacher in a good school, to take up a job with SAB League side, Dinonyana FC.

“This is something I felt I really needed to do. This feeling came right after I walked out onto the pitch as the Pirates’ Champion Coach in the Carling Black Label Cup Soweto derby.

“I just felt this was it. This was something I was born to do.

“Obviously, my aunt, whom I call mother and my other relatives, were unhappy when I told them about my decision.

“Their argument was that it had taken a very long time to finally get a permanent job, and now I was thro­wing that opportunity away.

“But I just felt that this was the right thing for me to do,” said Nkoko.

The up and coming coach whose side is currently third on their SAB league standings is determined to lead the club to regain second-tier status, Safa-ABC Motsepe League.

Dinonyana were relegated at the end of the 2016-’17 season having spent more than five years in the upper division.

“I won’t rest until I see myself coaching in the structures of a professional team,” said Nkoko.

He believes leading his current team to regain promotion to the third-tier league will stood him in a good stead in achieving his dream.

“When I got this coach job at Dinon­yana I told Thandi Merafe, Pirates communications officer, that I’m working with a grassroot level team.

“My overall vision is to see myself leading Pirates’ reserve sides in the Multichoice Diski Challenge.

“I want to see myself working there at Pirates’ technical team,” Nkoko said.

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