Football supporter Morena Mofokeng from Qwaqwa deems his selection as champion coach candidate for Kaizer Chiefs at this year’s Carling Black Label Cup as a life-changing experience.
He has been a supporter since childhood.
Much to Mofokeng’s joy, Chiefs defeated Pirates by 4 – 3 on penalties to lift the trophy for the fourth time since the inception of the preseason tournament in 2011.
The two Soweto rivals played at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday, 1 August.
Mofokeng (22) is delighted to have been part of the victorious team and is thankful that he did not fall victim to Covid-19, which affected Rorisang Matea, Pirates’ champion coach.
The pandemic has made its presence known, having also led to the cancellation of the event in 2020.
Mofokeng made it through after beating the other contender to the champion coach spot.
“The very first time I entered the competition was in 2011, when I was in Gr. 6,” said Mofokeng.
“I was unaware of the requirement that entrants must be 18 years or older to qualify.”
He patiently waited until he could enter.
“It was a dream come true to finally be among the players of the team I love so much. I’m very grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
According to Mofokeng, he is very fortunate that he did not test positive for Covid-19, which could have resulted in him being replaced by the candidate who obtained the second position.
“I’m very grateful I tested negative on the last day, as this was very critical for my big day. This memory will last me a lifetime, and winning the trophy makes it even more special.
“I believe God was with me right from the beginning until the end of the competition. My mindset was focused on football and seeing myself mixing with Chiefs players.
“It was certainly a life-changing experience, because I learnt other aspects of the game of football at a different level,” said Mofokeng.
“I sang and danced with the players and technical team to celebrate the win.”
- In 2019, a Free State duo – Kagisho Moleme and Benny Majoro – had their chance to coach the two Soweto giants. Pirates won the cup that year.