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Former coach shares his journey to success

REAL City FC’s former head coach, Bonke Namba, managed to help the Motherwell side win the ABC Motsepe League promotion play-off a few years ago.

Namba was born on a farm, known as Diphu, on the outskirts of Alexandria, where he started playing football.

Namba said it took a lot of discipline, determination and dedication for Real City to reach their goal of playing in the semi-professional league.

“We focused on the important elements, which were discipline, commitment and physical conditioning.

“These elements helped our small squad of highly disciplined players, who set a good example in the league.

“My players approached all games as a unit and we won the games as a team,” he said.

“As our SAFA Nelson Mandela Bay SAB Regional League season was about to be completed, we needed to be forward thinkers, as the possibility of winning the league and qualifying for play-offs was becoming imminent.”

Namba said they started recruiting players who would also add a value to City during the promotional play-offs.

Furthermore, City strengthened their technical team by recruiting Gcobani Citwa and Thobela Dekeda.

“We maintained the bulk of the squad that understood our style of play. We therefore streamlined our operations and we ran a club professionally so that results would come on the field of play.

The league itself is a semi-professional league,” said Namba.

According to him, home ground advantage played a huge role. Namba said that supporters came in their droves from all corners of Motherwell to rally behind Real City during their home games. He commended his players for playing their hearts out.

Assistant coach, Andile Poyana, also made a significant impact on City.

Namba also highlighted that although the ABC Motsepe League was semi-professional, clubs with less financial muscle felt the pinch because they received minimal financial assistance to run a club.

“Lack of sponsors, travelling over 600km to away games and accommodation and transport costs are serious challenges that clubs are faced with in the ABC Motsepe,” he explained.

He said that coaching was a long journey that required someone to be patient and it paid dividends to those who learned from the seasoned coaches around them.

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