Thinasonke Mbuli born in Piet Retief (Mkhondo) Mpumalanga Province.

She went to Moolman Combined School and various schools in Piet Retief before finishing her high school years at Dlangezwa High School, Empangeni.

She has played soccer for the University of KwaZulu- Natal in the Sanlam & Vodacom Leagues, Durban Ladies (Amazulu), and Sunflower WFC, she also played for DIT (DUT) in the university league.

“I started playing football at the young age on the street (Mkhondo) with my late brother and cousins, since then I’ve never looked back”

Currently she is coaching the UKZN (University of KwaZulu Natal) Women’s Football Team, and the University’s National Women’s Team (USSA), and the U15 Girls Team for eThekwini Municipality that she is coaching until end of May.

“To me Coaching its Teaching (coaching = teaching), helping players to reach their dreams and touching lives, because when we coach it’s not just about football but life”

If I wasn’t a coach and according to my mother, after matric I would have gone to Wits University and studied Bcom Accounting but I decided to study at DIT (DUT) and I did Sport Management. I would also probably have studied towards being a Football Administrator.

“My biggest achievements so far in soccer is:

  • Being the first Female Head Coach to Coach the University’s National team (USSA) 2016 till

current.

  • 3rd place (Bronze Medal) with eThekwini U15 Girls – One Nation Cup – 2016 Bremen, Germany.
  • Reaching the Semi-Finals at the WORLD STUDENTS GAMES – 2017 Universiade, Taipei

(International Tournaments).

  • Winning 2016 Cucsa Games – Zimbabwe, with the USSA Team.
  • Winning 2017 COSAFA Cup with Banyana Banyana as the Assistant Coach.”

Football is a male dominated code, as a female coach she says it’s always difficult, as you must always prove yourself that you can do it and not a project.

“As a player my proudest moment was representing South Africa at the WORLD STUDENTS GAMES in 2003 at Daegu, South Korea & in 2005 at Izmir, Turkey and as a coach is seeing few of the players I have coached playing in the National Team”

“Be somebody nobody thought you could be”, that is her motto in life. She reckons she is a student of the game and she wants to learn as much as she can to improve her coaching skills (via local and international coaching courses)

“My advice to aspiring players is that, Women’s Football in South African is not yet professional, they must study, study, study and play Football. It’s very important that they go to school”

By Uniq Reporter