Sandile “AK-47” Ndlovu, the former Maritzburg United and South Africa striker, is throwing his weight behind Tshegofatso Mabasa, who’s been setting the nets ablaze for Moroka Swallows this season. Mabasa, presently on a season-long loan from Orlando Pirates, has already found the back of the net six times in just eight league appearances. It’s a testament to his prowess and the impact he’s making at Swallows.
Ndlovu, who had the privilege of being coached by Steve Komphela at both Maritzburg United and for the national team, is full of praise for the experienced coach. He also spoke highly of his motivational abilities and knack for making players feel at ease.
Recalling his experience under Komphela’s mentorship, Ndlovu expressed, “Above all, being with him, you can sense his deep understanding of the game. As a trainer, he exudes a warm and approachable demeanor, making you feel like you’re conversing with your father, a sibling, or a close friend. His motivational skills are truly remarkable.”
Ndlovu emphasized that Komphela had a keen eye for identifying and nurturing talent. He expressed his belief that players like Gabadinho Mhango and Tshegofatso Mabasa would continue to shine under his guidance. “He noticed Mabasa’s potential, even Gabadinho Mhango, he is still going to score a lot of goals for Steve.”
Furthermore, Ndlovu highlighted his exceptional temperament as a coach, saying, “You are fortunate when coached by Steve Komphela, because I have never seen him angry.” He also pointed out that many players at Swallows, whom others may have written off, have the potential to make strong comebacks.
In summary, Sandile Ndlovu’s endorsement of Tshegofatso Mabasa’s goal-scoring prowess and his praise for Steve Komphela’s coaching style reflect the positive impact that the experienced trainer has had on the players he has mentored.