Coach helps players pursue a dream he could not

Coach Shakes and the best players of the match.

Despite being rejected from playing soccer because of his disability, Brisco Mzulwini of Illovo, commonly known as ‘coach shakes’ to the boys, did not let his love for soccer fade away.

After learning that he could not play soccer, his love for coaching instantly grew and decided to help the children of Illovo pursue a dream he could not fulfill.

Coach Shakes has always aspired to become a football player from a young age.  “I always saw myself as the next Dr Khumalo,” he said. But when his dreams of playing soccer shattered, his love for coaching grew and he has been at it for 15 years.

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His goals include obtaining a Sports Management Degree in the near future.  In an exclusive interview with The Rising Sun, Shakes said he hopes to start up a soccer academy as an NGO.

Growing up without a father and not having children of his own, the 39-year-old has become like a dad to the boys. Mzulwini believes that sports teaches these children respect and discipline more than anything. “Sport means respect more than anything because you can be a good player on the field but if you don’t have respect for the team and the coach you are going nowhere fast,” said Brisco.

He added that the challenges he has been facing for the past 15 years has been the lack of support from parents and the poor facilities they utilise to train for their soccer matches. But he has learned that there is no easy way to success.

He urges youth to stay in school, be respectful, stay off the streets and to quit looking for short cuts to success because something that comes easily always goes away easily.

Khanyisile Mgangana

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