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Woman football Coach Ntombifuthi Khumalo Wins KZN League Championship

12 Nov

 

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Look at this! Her story has been created in KZN women’s football. For the first time, a woman football coach has won the KZN provincial league championship. And the woman coach is Ntombifuthi Khumalo who has coached Durban ladies to the 2018 KZN Sasol League championship win.

 Congratulations coach Khumalo on winning the KZN league. How does it feel?
I feel excited about winning the league. I reckon its every coach’s dream to win any competitive title, not just in a tournament; not to mention Sasol League, as it’s a big league in women’s football, I am overwhelmed, I feel more confident about my coaching abilities after winning the KZN league.

Did you plan to win the league, this year in your first season as coach of Durban Ladies?
Yes, I did plan to win the league, because I started coaching at Sasol league in 2014, and my target was that after three years, I should win this competition. The pre-season at Durban ladies guided me, as the pool of player’s I was working with, were responding very well. It showed me that the team was a winning team and 2018 is my year to win a league championship. And then months later, I won it.

How did you get involved in coaching?
I got involved in coaching when I became a caretaker player/coach  at Maritzburg City. Then the coach who was coaching us that time, Bheki Hadebe motivated me to coach and Zakes Gwala also mentioned that I should take coaching seriously because he could see that I was going somewhere. I considered and thought about what they told me. I then started coaching part-time in my local area in Pietermaritzburg. Every Saturday morning, I would coach boys and girls under 15; that was between 2007 – 2010 . In 2011, I became a full-time coach, when Zakes Gwala and Mandla Zuma involved me in the FNB sponsored coaching program.
That is how I developed players through the FNB sponsored coaching project. Today, some of the players are playing for South Africa’s under 17 and under 20 national teams. There are so many people who motivate me as a coach; the list is endless. Not forgetting the wonderful support I get from my family.

Did you play football? For which team?
Yes, I did play football. I started playing at the age of 9 years. I was playing with the boys from my area until I was 14 years old, than when I was 14, I started playing with other girls in a team that was called UMsunduzi,which was playing in a regional league when Vodacom provincial league was introduced. I played for a team that was called City Birds for one season. After that season I joined Maritzburg City until 2008 where I that started to be a caretaker player/coach.

What are you hoping to achieve at national play-offs?
I am hoping to achieve being; at least a top three placing.

What coaching certification do you have?
I have a C license

Are you a national selector? Have you been a national coach of girls or women’s teams?
No. I am not a national selector and I am not a national coach

Who do you most respect/admire as a woman football coach in SA?

The person whom I respect and admire is Maude Khumalo because she’s very humble and down to earth. It is very easy to approach her. And she knows her football.

Would you like to coach a national football team?

Yes. I would like to coach a national team but people should understand that It’s not everyone who can be able to coach a national team. However, we can all support the national team as coaches. If I would get that opportunity to coach a national team, I’ll take it.

How is it to work with girls and women footballers?
It’s challenging, but the challenges can be overcome, because a dream that you always have is the only thing that drives you, that keeps you going.

What do you do besides football?

I do crime prevention work which is under department of community safety in KZN.

How are you going to celebrate your KZN championship win?
I will be with my family and invite my close friends for a braai after the Sasol national playoffs. Only then can I have time off from thinking about football coaching.

 

Photography By: Cheryl Roberts

Interview By: Cheryl Roberts

 

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 ‘My dream is to become one of the best female African footballers’ – Rhoda Mulaudzi

12 Nov

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South Africa’s woman footballer Rhoda Mulaudzi not only got her dream pro contract secured in 2018, she also got her dream opening goal on debut for her pro club, Canberra United in Australia’s  Westfield W-league.

Q and A Interview With South Africa’s Footballer Rhoda Mulaudzi Playing In Australia In Her Debut Pro Season

Q: How are you feeling about finally playing in a pro league?

Rhoda Mulaudzi: It is a dream come true. I come from a village in Limpopo where there are very limited opportunities, so this is something that I truly am thankful for. Its not just about me but the joy and hope it also brings to kids from my village back home.

Q: How is the standard of play compared to playing in South Africa? And the international players you are playing against?

Rhoda Mulaudzi: The standard is quite high. No disrespect to SA football but there is a higher standard of play this side. Sport in Australia is taken very seriously. Besides football, we know how they excel in other sporting codes and the growth of football this side is constant.

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Q: Tell us about your life as a pro footballer in Australia

Rhoda Mulaudzi: Well it is a very humbling experience. We train quite a lot and you are always challenged to improve your game.

Q: And what are you doing when you not playing playing?

Rhoda Mulaudzi:  I spend time looking at my videos and identifying where I need to improve. My dream is to become one of the best female African footballers so I am always challenging myself. Other than that I enjoy watching movies and listening to music.

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Q:  Have you set yourself any objectives of achieving as a pro player? What are they?

Rhoda Mulaudzi: Playing at the highest level is the ultimate objective for me. I am steadily getting to there; thanks to this move to Canberra United.

Q: Do you still want to represent your country, South Africa? Why do you think you are not being called up to Banyana Banyana?

Rhoda Mulaudzi: I will always be available to play for my country, it is every footballer’s dream. My duty is to keep working on improving as an individual with the opportunity presented to me by Canberra. As for the rest, I believe teams are selected on the basis that are most fitting to the objective in hand. When my turn comes again, I will be ready and prepared. All I need to do is continue working hard and support every player currently wearing our national colours. At the end of the day, it’s about the badge.

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Q: Are you missing South Africa and your family and friends?

Rhoda Mulaudzi: Yes, I do miss home but I think this move is good for my career. I have adjusted well here and am focusing on doing well for Canberra United. Thanks to technology, I can catch up with family and friends back home but the focus is here with my club.

Interview done by Cheryl Roberts

Photographs: Canberra United