1st TOTAL "Young Champions" Coaching Clinic a huge success
Kabokweni, Nelspruit, 07 September 2012
The inaugural coaching programme was held at the Kabokweni Stadium (Mbombela) on the weekend of 7th – 8th July 2012 during the TOTAL Super Motors Soccer Tournament.
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Papadi’s team of four ambassadors included the legendary Nelson "Teenage" Dladla, a guy who won every single award for five consecutive years at Kaizer Chiefs and who is known as one of the very best five players ever to play soccer in SA. Roger Links was flown up from Cape Town where he heads the very successful Old Mutual Academy. Although his role was to "observe", the 15 capped Bafana player’s added huge value to the programme. The other two coaches both represented SA with Dumisa "Dumi" Ngobe playing 32 times for Bafana and Lucas Tlhomolang, 3 times.

Programme objectives

  • To contribute to the development of future soccer stars by teaching them basic soccer skills
  • To build character among kids and to ensure that they become good citizens in their community
  • To introduce them to a healthy lifestyle by teaching them the benefits of healthy diet and the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
  • Date

  • 08th July 2012
  • Venue

  • Kabokweni Stadium (Kabokweni township, Mbombela)
  • Programme format
    91 kids were divided into two groups of 40 each

  • 10 - 13 years & 14 -16 years
  • 32 kids (10 – 13 yrs): Theory for 1 hour
  • 59 kids (14 – 16 yrs): Practical for 1 hour
  • After 1 hour, groups swapped places

    In the third and final hour, all kids went to the main stadium soccer pitch which was divided into four sections for mini soccer games.

    To ensure that no kids remained idle, the substitutes were kept busy with warm up drills set-up next to the main field.

    Papadi complied with the technical equipment as stipulated in the contract and supplemented this with;

  • 24 Slalom Poles, Hoops, Target Figurines, Hurdles, Coaching Boards, and 4 makarapa.
  • Celebrity coaches
    To make sure that the programme was professionally run, Papadi used the following coaches from our vast network.

    Roger Links

  • Former Cape Town Spurs, Ajax Cape Town and Bafana Bafana player (15 caps)
  • Current Old Mutual Academy head coach
  • Nelson "Teenage" Dladla

  • Former Kaizer Chiefs player and SA soccer legend
  • Currently coaching development football in townships
  • Dumisa Ngobe

  • Former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana player (32 caps) who also played in Turkey
  • Was assistant coach at Mpumalanga Black Aces
  • Currently coaching development football in Witbank

  • Lucas Tlhomelang
  • Former Jomo Cosmos, Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Bafana Bafana player (3 caps)
  • Currently coaching development football in Kimberly and has a soccer tournament in his honour


  • 3 outstanding kids were awarded with miniature trophies
  • 91 participation certificates handed to all kids
  • All kids received a nutritious meal
  • The local SAFA reps were presented with Total "Young Champions Coaching Programme" makarapa
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