Noko Matlou Wants To Coach After She Retires By Cheryl Roberts

12 Aug


Noko Matlou has scored many goals for South African women’s football and win the illustrious continental award of African ‘woman footballer of the year’. Noko knows that she’s moving on in the years as an elite footballer and that retirement as a player is about one to two years away. She wants to stay in football after retirement, as a coach. She still cherishes the ambition of winning a continental gold medal before she retires. Noko has just won another Cosafa Cup trophy and gold medal. It’s her 4th gold medal. Now it’s back to training, playing league and being available when the SA national women’s football team needs her football prowess.

I asked Noko Matlou some questions and she gave the answers. Did you know that Noko Matlou likes to cook?…..

Q: How did you enjoy your World Cup experience?
Noko: It was great experience every player wish to be there it was amazing.
Q: After your World Cup participation, how far behind is SA women’s football?
Noko: We still behind because you see the still huge gap between African teams and Europeans team.
Q: Are you retiring now or soon?
Noko: I think I still have 1 or 2 years to play.
Q: What would you still like to achieve from playing international football?
Noko: I would like to be recognised and be a role model to young, emerging players and up and coming girls who play soccer.
Q: What tournament would you like to win as a player, besides the World Cup?
Noko: I would like to win AWCON and be an African champion. That would go well with my ‘African woman footballer of the year’ award.
Q: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Noko: I get to be myself and do what I love most and it keeps me from a lot of negative things like doing nothing much with my life.
Q: Would you like to be a football coach after you retire as a player?
Noko: Definitely because I will love to see young players reaching the levels and higher levels where I am today and that I’ve reached.


Q: What do you do when you not playing football?
Noko: Being with my family and cooking for them.
Q: What music do you like?
Noko: Gospel and RnB
Q: Which young women footballers impress you?
Noko: South Africa’s Thembi kgatlana and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala.

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