Former Orlando Pirates dribbling wizard Mark Mayambela has lifted the first trophy in his coaching career.
Mark Maymbela, who came through the ranks of Old Mutual Football Academy in 2006 and signed his first professional contract with Bloemfontein Celtic in 2007, retired at the age of 33 after playing for 11 teams, including Swedish side Djurgardens IF, where he had 15 appearances and scored one goal.
‘Professor’, as he is affectionally known, was part of the Orlando Pirates team that won back-to-back trebles in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 season.
In 2019/20 season, Mayambela joined Cape Town City Football Club but he only made five appearances for the Citizens before joining Cape Umoya in 2020. However, after just three appearances he left and retired from the beautiful game, starting his coaching badges which then saw him joining Cape Town City to coach the U16 team.
This past weekend, Mayambela led his Cape Town City U16-side to glory as they won their first ever trophy, beating Ubuntu FC on penalties 3-2 after playing to a 2-2 draw in regular time. The young Citizens were crowned HBUFC Stanley Matthews tournament champions.
City’s first ever U/16 team coached by Mark Mayambela won the HBUFC Stanley Matthews tournament 🏆
— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) April 19, 2022
“Being a coach is different to being player because when you’re a player you only care about yourself and your own career, your own well-being. But being a coach is different because you have to take care of 16 or 18 boys and especially 16-year-old boys who are going through different stages – some are going through their cubit where they developing in their physical bodies as well, it’s difficult,”Mayambela, who also successfully hosted the Hollywoodbets Mayambela Community Cup this weekend, told iDiski Times.
“You need to find ways of helping them to go through these phases as young adult, as teenagers. Football-wise, the players that I have there’s so much talent, it’s boys that are full of potential that can make a living for them and their families.
“For me, my main focus is about them, everything is about them. Even if we win, even if we don’t win, it’s all about them, it’s all about making sure they improve as footballers and they improve as human beings as well. Making sure that I take care of their off-the-field attitude and behaves and also on the field.
“It’s important for me to treat them equally as much as they are not equally in terms of talent, in terms of quality but as human beings I need to treat them equally, so that there is cohesion within the club and there is unity within the club.
“I am preparing boys who potentially might play for Cape Town City’s first team. I need to create a culture that is set by the club and a culture that the club believes in.
“For me, it’s a beautiful journey. I love every minute of it and I’m so excited about it. I go to training every day full of energy, full of excitement because of the work that I do and the talent these boys have.”
Story by Sinethemba Makonco.