‘Plan­ning helped us win’

Tor­nado FC coach cred­its thor­ough re­search for vic­tory

African Times - - News -

HEAD coach of newly crowned Eastern Cape ABC Mot­sepe League Cham­pi­ons Tor­nado FC, Tshepo Mot­soe­neng at­tributes his team’s fairy­tale run to win­ning the Eastern Cape ABC Mot­sepe League ti­tle to proper plan­ning and thor­ough pre-sea­son re­search on his league op­po­nents.

In his very first sea­son as a head coach, Mot­soe­neng guided Tor­nado to a league ti­tle hav­ing joined the club last sea­son as the club’s as­sis­tant coach. “Be­fore tak­ing over the team this sea­son, I took some time to study each and ev­ery op­po­si­tion in the league. Peo­ple take such things for granted but this helps in the type of squad that you as­sem­ble for the sea­son and I think that is how we won the league” said Mot­soe­neng who has a strong pas­sion for young play­ers.

Tor­nado dom­i­nated the league with an im­pres­sive record of win­ning all their matches with the ex­cep­tion of a sin­gle loss to for­mer league cham­pi­ons, EC Bees in the first round of the sea­son. An amaz­ing achieve­ment that the coach at­tributes to a highly sup­port­ive club chair­man.

“I had a meet­ing with the coach and we spoke about how we can mo­ti­vate the play­ers through­out the sea­son and we agreed on per­for­mance bonuses. This I be­lieve is what pushed our boys to stretch the lead so much that most teams felt that it was im­pos­si­ble to reach us” said the 39-year-old coach who hails from the Free State.

“I told my play­ers that qual­i­fy­ing for the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion can change their lives for the bet­ter and go­ing to the NFD could see them earn­ing dou­ble the salary they are get­ting if not more but it all starts here with hard work” con­cluded Mot­soe­neng.

The Tor­nado men­tor who is in the process of com­plet­ing his SAFA/ CAF C Li­cense coach­ing badge will soon shift fo­cus to the up­com­ing ABC Mot­sepe Na­tional Play Offs where they will rep­re­sent the Eastern Cape prov­ince and fight for a place in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD). – safa. net

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