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Kgomo's historic moment

By unknown | Mar 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

In one word - historic.

This could better describe the appointment of the famed softball coach, Tommy Kgomo, as the head coach of Simunye, the country's senior national men's squad.

The 34-year-old father of two was appointed at Softball South Africa (SSA)'s executive council meeting in Johannesburg last week.

The Mahwelereng-based Kgomo became the first black coach to have been given the task to guide Simunye.

Kgomo, who is also the head coach of Limpopo Softball Association (LSA)'s LimDev Super League champions-elect Mahwelereng Spikes, was appointed after Gary Carlson tendered his resignation.

Guillo "S'Dumo" Marapyane, SSA and LSA's president, confirmed to Sowetan yesterday that Kgomo has been appointed the head coach of Simunye with immediate effect.

"TK", as he is popularly known in softball circles, became the third head coach of Simunye.

Monty Scott was the inaugural coach in 1996 and after him came in Andre Alexander before Carlson, who was assisted by Kgomo.

"I'm grateful for being given this position and I will work hard to ensure the success of Simunye," said a jubilant Kgomo, who became the first coach to steer the LSA provincial squad to national championships glory in Durban in 2005.

"I will always pray hard for my success in my new job and I promise that I will not let my country down," said the born- again Christian.

Said Marapyane: "We could not have asked for a knowledgeable coach like Tommy to head Simunye. We will give him all the support he needs. Gary resigned last weekend, citing job commitments as the reason to quit."

Kgomo's first assignment will be a Zone V1 Games assignment in Lusaka on April 6 and he believes they will spring a major surprise at the yearly event.


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