Since taking the bold step of partnering with Betway in the life changing journey of the Betway 12th Man, the 10 selected legends have wasted no time in implementing their newly acquired skills and qualifications within their different communities.
The Betway 12th Man programme was launched earlier this year by the leading sports betting company, with the aim of upskilling former footballers with fundamental skills that can aid them in making a difference in their communities and improve their chances of employment.
Just recently, Moroka Swallows legend, Steve Sekano put his newly acquired Project Management skills to practice by organizing a youth football and netball tournament for his community in Soweto during the Easter holidays.
Maimane Phiri is also aiming to improve the standard of his popular annual tournament from the skills learnt during his time with the programme. Portia Modise’s training in Media and Broadcast will come in handy in France where she will be amongst the selected ambassadors of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The final module of the programme will kick off on Monday, 13 May in a five-day SAFA/KNVB D License coaching course set to conclude on Friday, 17 May. The entry-level coaching course is designed to empower aspiring coaches with tried and tested methods of effective coaching at youth level.
In addition to the highly qualified SAFA instructors of the course, Betway has made an extended effort of inviting Dutch legend and former Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Johan Neeskens as well as Supersport United coach, Kaitano Tembo to the course. The duo will be sharing their coaching expertise with the legends throughout the five days of the workshop.
For legends such as Fikile Sithole, Sibongile Khumalo and Edward Motale who are greatly involved in youth coaching, the final module of the programme will be highly beneficial in improving their skills as youth coaches.
Speaking ahead of the final module, programme ambassador, Lucas Radebe said the legends have shown great discipline and willingness to work hard during their time with Betway, adding that their newly acquired skills would make a significant impact in their communities.
“The dedication and enthusiasm from the legends has been outstanding during these past few months. Thanks to the Betway 12th Man programme, there is a new sense of self-belief and confidence with these former players who have done so much by contributing to where our football is today. The programme is not yet complete but it is already starting to bear fruit.” said Radebe.