How JDR Nditsheni Nemasisi boss lays down the law

Nnditsheni Nemasisi
Nnditsheni Nemasisi

JDR Stars boss Nditsheni Nemasisi is not your typical club owner.

Nemasisi is an attorney by day and after hours he turns to coaching the Pretoria-based team, which he founded in 2011.

The 37-year-old attends to work at his law firm Nemasisi Attorneys during the day and late in the afternoon he trains his players.

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"I love football and I make time for it. I do my law work during the day and then in the afternoon train the team and then go back to the office to continue working," Nemasisi told Sowetan.

"I have never missed a game, I am always on the bench. It helps that we play Friday and Saturday in the afternoon so it allows me to attend games. Coaching is a God-given talent. I have the knowledge and I am passionate about it."

With all of this on his plate, the Venda-born mentor achieved the astonishing feat of guiding his team to ABC Motsepe League championship at the weekend in Cape Town and subsequent qualification to the National First Division (NFD).

"It's feels great because we have been trying for a while and it's not easy in the ABC Motsepe League," he said. "Having managed to gain promotion makes me happy and relieved at the same time. We are now in a professional rank."

Over the past year, the third-tier league has been marred by allegations of match fixing and criminality.

Back in March, Tornado FC owner Siphiwo Nyobo was shot dead after a game, while referee Mongezi Mpungela was assaulted by a mob from Summerfield Dynamos after losing 2-1 to XI Experience in Durban.

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