by Lovemore Dube
November 10 2017 – FORTUNE Ncube a former darting winger for a number of soccer clubs in Zimbabwe is confident that in his new role as coach he will make an impact.
Forced to retire two seasons ago because of an eye problem, Ncube is now a coach at Sporting Club Academy in Johannesburg.
The football school with hundreds of kids of all races has links with the famed academy in Portugal credited with bringing the likes of Christiano Ronaldo to the world stage.
“It’s quite an exciting thing to do. I am still learning the ropes of junior development and I find coaching kids an exciting thing to do. It is a critical stage in the development of a footballer as nurturing them to master basics is key. Tactics and the rest will follow,” said Ncube before one of his academy’s training sessions in Johannesburg’s Bruma last week.
He said enthusiasm to see children develop into professional footballers was high in South Africa.
“Parents bring their kids, pay for them to be trained, wait during the duration of the practice session and bring them to matches. It’s so nice to have that kind of support and I have seen where parents take an active role children tend to excel. Look at Zimbabwe sporting legends like Byron, Cara and Wayne Black, Kirsty Coventry, the swimming brothers Andy and Brendan their parents have been at the heart of their development at a personal level. There are results,” said Ncube.
He said in Zimbabwe parents rarely take an interest in their children’s football development leaving the coaches to do everything on their own.
Ncube has played for Entumbane’s Cosmos, Hwange, Black Mambas, Bulawayo Chiefs and Bantu Rovers. He was an impact winger whose creativity created so many goals for a number of notable strikers like Hwange’s Gilbert Zulu.
“I had a great time as a player but with my Caf C licence and support am getting from legend Peter Ndlovu, I believe the sky is the limit,” said Bulawayo born and bred Ncube who was among a promising crop of youngsters from the suburb who included Thembelani Ncube, Ray Ndofa, Ndongo Ncube, George Duburo and FC PLatinum striker Charles Sibanda who emerged at the turn of the millenium.