Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
26 Sep 2018
3:47 pm

I’d be happy to coach Cosmos one day – Tsotetsi

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Maccabi FC coach Mokete Tsotetsi has told Phakaaathi of how he would appreciate a chance to coach his former team Jomo Cosmos if owner and coach Jomo Sono were to hand him the reigns.

Mokete Tsotetsi former coach of Maccabi FC (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Tsotetsi was hailed as one for the future after he successfully guided Maccabi to the National First Division in only his second season.

He said he had never spoken to Sono about starting his coaching but had heard that the Black Prince was happy for him and following his progress closely.

“It is encouraging to know Jomo is happy for me and he speaks proudly of me. He is happy about my progress and that I am still in the game because he knows how much I love football. He is the kind who teaches you and then gives you space to experiment on your own but you know his door is always open when you need guidance or advice. I learnt a lot from him,” he said.

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Asked how he would respond if Sono were make him an offer to take over at Ezenkosi, he said: “Cosmos is home for me. I grew up there and that is where my footballing roots are,” he added.

Tsotetsi also revealed that is was Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen and Amajimbos’ Molefi Ntseki talked him into taking up coaching after his injury forced retirement. Tsotetsi retired when he was 32-years-old after a string of injuries.

Tsotetsi said Larsen convinced him that he could be a great coach. “It is only Larsen and Ntseki because they were close to me and pushing me. They guided me and told me they would always be there for me,” he said.

Tsotetsi said his philosophy is simple. “With me there is no star. You are born with a talent. But if you cannot complement your talent with hard work then it becomes meaningless. You have to know what to do with the ball when you have and how to get it back you don’t have it. It is as simple and complicated as that. That makes a complete player and I preach it to my players every day. I want players who have character,” he said.

To find out more about Tsotetsi and what he wants to achieve in future, make sure to get yourself a copy of Phakaaathi (inside the Citizen) on Tuesday, October 2.

 

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