FORMER BANYANA COACH FOR DUT
By: Sihle Sikhakhane
Bongani Yengwa has coached an international soccer team to the Olympics Games – and now he’s hoping to achieve success with the DUT men’s football squad.
Yengwa assisted Simphiwe Mkhonza in 2011 when Banyana made history by qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. He was also involved with the U20 Women’s National Team as an assistant to Sheryl Botes.
His appointment comes after the contract of the previous coach Siyabonga Ndlovu was not renewed. This was confirmed by DUT team manager MngciniMkhize and said they are very happy to have him on-board.
“Yes he is our new head coach; he has already started with the boys and we happy to have him in the team. He is a very experienced coach and we believe that with his services the team will do very well and another thing that people don’t know is that he is part of DUT family. He is the current acting HOD in the Sport Management Department,” said Mkhize.
Mkhize also explained how Yengwa’s appointment came about. “After we had a meeting with DUT Sport Officer, Pessa Rama and decided not to renew Siyabonga’s contract, we approached him and asked him to assist us. After some talks and agreements we came to a conclusion,” he said.
Yengwa said some people don’t know that it’s not the first time he coached one of DUT teams.
“I was coaching the ladies senior football team from 2002 to 2006. In 2005 I took them to the finals of the National Club Chaps in Cape Town” he added.
He said though he hasn’t been following the team’s performance under the previous coach but he wants to do well with the boys. “I think I have only watched them play 3 or 4 times last season but that’s not a problem because I want to create or identify the DUT culture of football.
“Players have to be proud of playing for the DUT senior team; I want them to be heroes of DUT. At least have 2 or 3 players who can play in the national team. To have our team playing in in the 3rd division so they can be more involve in the game.”
The coach also said he’s not going to make any changes yet. “I am going to work with what I’ve got for now and will see as the time goes on. The captain seems like a very good and respecting boy and the players respect him so the arm belt is still his,” concludes Yengwa.
DUT captain Andile Mavundla said they are very excited as players to have Yengwa as a coach.
“We all excited to have him as our coach; he is an international coach so need I say more. I also think his experience will not only help the team but even as players we going to learn a lot from him,” said Mavundla.
He warned his fellow team mates to change last season’s attitude and pull up their socks as this coach is a no nonsense coach.
“What I picked up the first day we met with him is that he takes everything seriously and you can tell he didn’t come here to make friends. I think we all have to give him the respect he deserves,” Mavundla concluded.
Another player who didn’t want his name to be mentioned expressed his delight of not having Ndlovu as a coach anymore and looking forward to be coached by the new coach.
“I was personally annoyed with the team’s performance under “Qhawe”, it was not going anywhere. I just hope we will do well under the new coach and I saw him its look like he knows what he’s doing”.