FORMER ZEBRAS PLAYER DEVELOPS TALENT
With a lot of former players setting their eyes on one day coaching for a team in the Premier.
League, former Zebras players Shepherd Mosekgwa has decided to concentrate on nurturing young players in his hometown, Selibi Phikwe, through his youth club called Supersport FC.
He registered the club in 2010 less than a year after hanging his boots and hopes it will develop into a fully fledged football academy.
The 37-year-old Mosekgwa who made his name at BDF XI and also plied his trade at amongst others Tafic, Orapa Wanderers, Nico United and Jwaneg Comets say his passion for youth inspired by his love for children and the will to share what he learnt from coaches over the years with upcoming players.
“I am more interested in helping young players develop than being head coach of club.
I am prepared to spend the rest of my life as development coach because I think that is the best way I can give something back to football and society.
I must point out that most of the coaches’ who helped when I was a boy did it for free and I feel I have an obligation to help kids develop their football for free.
I also love children and will do anything to help them become useful citizens.
At the moment football is the only way I can do that,” said Motshegwa who is chairperson of the Children’s Protection Committee in Botshabelo.
The versatile Mosekgwa who in his day was comfortable playing on either flanks in the defence or grafting in the middle of the park says he chose to base his project which at the moment caters for more than a hundred kids aged between seven and sixteen because there isn’t enough being done to unearth the abundant talent in the now not so prosperous mining town.
“This town has produced a lot of great players and can still produce more.
I have taken it upon myself to what I can to help spot and develop talent,” he told Voice Sport.
He is pleased with the support he got from the Phikwe community so far.
“Parents let their children come for training and games as our schedule may demand.
Botshabelo Primary and Boikhutso CJSS authorities have also allowed me to use their grounds. I am grateful and only wish the business community could come on board.
I trust they will some day,”Mosekgwa said pointing out that the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund once helpedwith some money which gives him the hope that one day the corporate world will appreciate the good he is doing and help him.
“I am also willing to work with anybody who has the will and his willing to volunteer whatever skills or resources they have’ he added.
Quizzed on which of his coaches over the years has inspired his move into youth coaching hegives credit to all.
“I think each has had a bit of influence towards my choosing this path.
I worked with a lot of coaches in my carrer the most notable being Stanley Tshosane, David Bright, Jelusic Veselin and Jochim Fieggie who all coached me at the national team.
By the way Tshosane was also my coach at BDF XI at some point.
I must say from each of these coaches including those who coached me when I started off a young player I learnt something useful.
Believe me no coach is useless.
As a player one may not like some coach but it helps to get the best you can from any,” he said.