Sebapole back to his roots

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Former Bafana Bafana and Jomo Cosmos winger Motlatsi "Dopsi" Sebapole has returned to his roots in Matlosana to help in the development of the beautiful game.

The dreadlocked Sebapole has been employed by the City of Matlosana to head up their soccer development programme.

He returned to Matlosana after quitting National First Division League side University of Pretoria where he served as a player-assistant coach.

"I have always had a passion for development soccer and here is no way we will ever be able to produce quality players if grassroots soccer is neglected," he told Sowetan.

"I would like to thank the City of Matlosana for the confidence they have shown in my coaching ability It is a big challenge to work with the youngsters.

"Part of my job also includes preparing the city in terms of the preparations for the 2010 World Cup. I work with guys such as Gesond Vilakazi and Shakes Maboke.

"One of our sports facilities (James Motlatsi Stadium) is being upgraded to serve as a training venue for the World Cup," said Sebapole.

Vilakazi and Maboke are coaching the City of Matlosana United, a Safa Vodacom League side. Alson Khuzwayo, economic and corporate communications manager of the city, confirmed the acquisition of Sebapole.

"He is our soccer development officer. You will recall that there is an array of former professional soccer players who are from this area."