Woman football Coach Ntombifuthi Khumalo Wins KZN League Championship

12 Nov


Ntombifuthi Khumalo

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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