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Expert in Sports at AfrikaTikkun

 

An Interview with Boston’s Sports Star – Thomas Taole

Q. What made you choose sports as a career?  

Ans - “I grew up playing soccer, my dream was to be a pro soccer player but I broke my leg, and sadly, that was the end of Thomas the player. Luckily, I could still follow my passion using a different path. In addition, this was the beginning of Thomas the coach. My passion for sports was the reason I chose this career”.

Q What formal qualification did you attain to enter this field?  

Ans - “At the beginning I had a love of and passion for sports, and I completed little sports workshops at the age of 18, in Sports Administration and Soccer coaching.  I did it with SASA-South Africa Soccer Association. Today they called it SAFA. These workshops helped me get started during my foundation years.  But what made the big difference to my status was the Sports Management Diploma that I did in 1995 at Boston Campus   - this did kick start my career as a professional in the field.”

Q What does your job entail?

Ans - “My job entails developing the sports programs in accordance with the AfrikaTikkun strategy. Train the trainer in Sports, Life skills for players, fundraising for the programs and developing partnerships with the Federations of the sports that we complete in”. 

Q What do you do in an average day? 

Ans - “In an average day I start at my desk either at the Head office where I am based or the Centre where I will be working on that day.  I check emails and answer urgent ones. I plan for my day. Then I meet with the team to go plan their day, as far as coaching the kids in the afternoon.  We like to review the last session - both the good and the bad - and plan forward as we try to do better than the last sessions”.

Taole tells us that what he enjoys the most is travelling – his is not a static job. “It’s also meeting different people, youth, and sports stars. In addition, I have great flexibility in my job – I work 9-5 but in different spaces and each day is different. On top of all of this – I love what I do!” according to Taole he has hit the jackpot –“ Getting paid to do what you love is so awesome – basically this is my hobby, so getting paid to do this is a bonus!”

 We asked Taole if there were any negative aspects to his job. “Well, this is a competitive industry. In addition, not everyone takes sports seriously. The government and professional clubs can treat athletes and managers with no respect- compare this to Europe and the USA and we can see where South Africa is lacking”.  Taole lists highlights of his career as travelling to the UK with a team of triathletes. In addition, “Winning a race in USA with another team was extraordinary moment. My graduation in Sports education as a Higher Education qualification was definitely something to treasure at Boston Campus. The first in the family to achieve that. “

Q What does Taole believe are the three most important attributes that his position requires? 

Ans -  Fitness of body and mind, patience, and subject knowledge.  “You need to know your subjects so knowledge is the key and that is where Sports Education like at Boston College is fundamental”. 

Taole says that his job is to “empower young and old in sports development, and to identify talent in the youth – and above all – to keep them active for life”. What are his life tips?

• You need both experience as well as training in this field.

• You need to be a people’s person with great communication skills.

• Contribute to fundraising activities as well as your day job – I am the Sports Director of the Organisation so I need to ensure my salary!

• As some wise man once said, “Be passionate about what you do and you will never have to work another day”. 

• Sometimes talent alone is not enough – get a diploma or degree in Admin, Coaching and/or Sports. This country has high unemployment; you need to have something more to offer.

Contact Boston on 011 551-2000, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.boston.co.za  for more info.

 

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Banyana Banyana face France

The Banyana Banyana squad will be without goalkeeper Roxanne Barker and midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni who have been withdrawn as they are nursing injuries.

Barker was part of the team that travelled to Cameroon for the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations where she was withdrawn after injuring her toe at training. Nyandeni missed the final of the 2016 Sasol League National Championship for her club JVW FC in December due to a troublesome knee, but had recovered.

“Mpumi picked up an injury after training, before we reported for the national team camp – she felt a pain on the knee and came in to have an assessment, but unfortunately it doesn’t look good for her to be part of the squad,” said Desiree Ellis, Banyana Banyana interim head coach. “She will, however, be coming to training with us so we can help with her rehabilitation, adding on what she will be doing on her own at home.

“Roxanne has recovered from her toe injury but is not yet fit to play in a match, and her club has advised that she not travel for the match against France. Together with the technical team we are working on the names to replace the two players who have withdrawn.”

Banyana Banyana assembled for camp on Friday, 13 January and held their first training session on Saturday, 14 January. Ellis was happy with what she saw. “I think it went reasonably well for our first training session, considering we have just come back from a festive break,” she said. “They were really enjoying themselves and didn’t want to stop – but the aim on the first day was to get the muscles going and just to give them a bit of a run, and they looked good. The focus was mainly on the finishing and it looked very encouraging.

The French national team is ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in UEFA behind Germany, while South Africa is ranked 4th on the continent and 48th in the world.

France and South Africa will be meeting for the second time since 2009 when the Europeans won 3-2.

 

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Bafana draw against Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG - Following their huge victory over Senegal in the World Cup qualifiers recenlty, many would have expected Bafana Bafana to carry that momentum and spirit into their year-ending international friendly against neighbours Mozambique in Maputo on Tuesday.


That wouldn’t be the case, as the Mambas took the game to the South Africans and forced out a 1-1 draw.
Mozambique will probably feel hard done-by to have only come away with the draw, having put Bafana under a lot of pressure, especially in the first half.
Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams did himself no favours, squandering the one opportunity he got in Bafana colours, as he struggled to deal with an attack from Mozambique in the 25th minute, resulting in Clesio Bauque netting the opener for the home side.

The Supersport United shot-stopper continued to have nervy moments for parts of the game, but improved as the clock ticked on.
Acting head coach Owen Da Gama, who was in charge of the match in Shakes Mashaba’s absence, rung some changes in the second, one of them being Bradley Grobler’s inclusion, at the expense of new striker Lars Veldwijk.

Grobler’s introduction seemed to breathe much needed life into the match and Bafana, as he found the equalizer 11 minutes into the second half.
Both sides had a good go at each other for the remainder of the game, but apart from a few close shaves, there was nothing else to write home about as the match ended in a stalemate.
Bafana’s next official match will be in August 2017, when they take on Cape Verde in their third World Cup qualifier at the island nation.

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