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Bapela happy at Dynamos 24/09/04
Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Alex Bapela is excited about his appointment as new assistant coach to Lifa Qhosha at Dynamos.

Earlier this week, there were media reports that the former Sundowns midfield genius has been given a coaching post by the club and Bapela has confirmed this and said he is looking forward to the challenge.

The Limpopo-born star said this was a major breakthrough to greater things and went on to thank both club boss Pat Malabela and coach Lifa Qhosha for the support and trust they have bestowed upon him.

"I guess the supporters are excited about this and I can't quite explain my happiness, but I should thank the management and Lifa for the confidence they have in me. I'm also happy about the way the guys have responded to me so far," he said.

Bapela started his illustrious professional career with Real Rovers a decade ago before joining Mamelodi Sundowns with whom he had a successful seven-year relationship.

Mokokwana, as he was affectionately known revealed that he has signed a two-year contract with the Limpopo-based outfit. The former Bafana midfield ace said he was happy to see soccer bosses giving young local players other opportunities within football especially in coaching.

"This is what we need and people would agree with me when I say Gavin Hunt, Roger de Sa and Pitso Mosimane are players who turned out to be good coaches," he said.

The 35-year-old said although he had never dreamed of one day being a coach, this was a platform for him to plough back to the community in terms of unearthing talent.

"I've played at the highest level possible and I can't complain. I just need to focus on my new role and hopefully make Dynamos a force to be reckoned with."

Bapela, who is a qualified teacher, said he was not going to put pressure on himself in his new role and would very much be open to advice from other coaches.

"I'm just coming in so I need to get advice and use my experience as well," he added.

Bapela however maintained that he would be coming on as a player whenever his contribution is needed.

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