Coaching involves a dedication to youth development

2018-03-01 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedGamalakhe All Stars coach Sbongiseni ‘Sgora’ Ngcobo gives a talk to his boys.

PHOTO: SuppliedGamalakhe All Stars coach Sbongiseni ‘Sgora’ Ngcobo gives a talk to his boys.

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DEDICATED father and soccer coach from Gamalakhe, Sbongiseni “Sgora” Ngcobo, said he was angered by the recent news of a soccer coach who sexually abused his players.

The story was in the news a few weeks ago, when a Port Shepstone coach allegedly repeatedly raped two teen boys in Murchison.

The Gamalakhe All Stars coach said that after hearing the news, the Gamalakhe Football Association called a meeting, urging all coaches in the association never to commit such a crime. “I was really shocked and disappointed to hear about this. It gives all coaches a negative image because we spend a lot of time with the boys we coach. Parents will not trust us now, thinking the same thing might be happening to their children. At the meeting, we made an oath never to be implicated in such offences. Our main focus is to develop young players,” said Ngcobo.

Ngcobo said to be a good coach, you need to be dedicated.

“It takes so much to be a coach; you must really love the game, have time for your players, be a role model, a mentor, teacher and most importantly, be a friend to the boys. It is all about dedicating yourself and striving for the players’ develop in the game and as human beings.”

Ngcobo said being approachable and trustworthy to both players and parents is vital.

He is also a soccer player who started at an early age as a goalkeeper for Young Heroes FC.

“I was also a captain for Island City. Being a leader and a senior player drove me to being a coach for the youth team, when I noticed that as a captain you take more responsibility, just like a coach. That helped me a lot in my current coaching role,” he said.

Ngobo is a father of two girls and an employee of the Ugu District Municipality. He says he juggles his responsibilities easily.

“I love my team, I love soccer and I love my family. I try by all means to make time for all. I am with the team three times a week, from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. I make sure that when I am not with the team I am with my family.”

He asked all coaches to do the right thing and focus on developing boys to become responsible men at all times.

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