Retired South African professional footballer – Katlego Abel Mphela has said that not every good player has what it takes to become a very good coach.
According to the 2009/2010 Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award winner and the PSL Players’ Player of the Season, football coaches need to be a bit ‘crazy’ to do the job and argues that not all footballers have got that eccentric attitude to propel them to becoming good coaches.
“We must remember that not every soccer player has the characteristics of being a coach,” he told Daily Sun.
“Coaching is a nice fall-back option after retiring because you continue doing what you always wanted to do. But it’s not easy.
“You need to be a little crazy and be eccentric. I don’t know if I can do that.”
Katlego Mphela, 35, made his debut for South Africa on February 26, 2005, scoring a brace against Seychelles.
Mphela’s greatest moment with the Bafana Bafana, however, came in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place playoff against Spain.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns striker came on as substitute but produced arguably the goal of the tournament with a free kick from 30 yards, which turned out to be the last action of the 90 mins, sending the game into extra time.
Mphela made South Africa’s 23-man final squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and played in the opening match against Mexico which ended 1–1.