New York based Zimbabwe football coach, Samkeliso “Young Pep” Ncube believes he has got what it takes to bring back the smiles on the faces of football crazy Zimbabwean fans.
The Pathfinder FC coach in New York, USA, says he sees himself one-day coaching Zimbabwe’s National Soccer Team, The Warriors and taking them to greater heights.
The Pep Guardiola inspired young coach dreams about rubbing shoulders with likes of Pep Guardiola, Frank Lampard and Rulani Mokoena among some of the world’s top football coaches.
Our reporter (RM) caught up with the New York based coach (SN) to find out more about his journey to stardom. Below are the excerpts:
RM: To those who may not know you, who is Samkeliso “Young Pep” Ncube?
SN: I am Samkeliso Paradzai Ncube. I was born in Bulawayo and later moved to Harare Chikurubi Support Unit were my father was working as a police officer. I started playing football at a tender age until I got injured and opted to come back in the game as a coach.
RM: You have been in the coaching trenches for quite some time now. How has it been?
SN: Yes, I have been in coaching for long and I have enjoyed the experience of working with some senior gaffers and I have learned a lot from them. Here in Zimbabwe I have been worked with clubs like Black Mambas FC, Twalumba FC, Caps Gunners, and those days I learned a lot and then I got my first assignment at Big Five as the head coach for two years. I crossed the Limpopo to join Pretoria Athletic FC (PAFC) as an assistant to coach Backlyfield Chiwenga who mentored me to be where I am today.
RM: How did you end up at FC Malaga City in Spain?
SN: It was during my time at PAFC that an opportunity to work in Spain arose. I went on to work at FC Malaga City under Juan Carlos. It is under him that I saw the need to improve our game but I enjoyed his experience and learned from him until I got a chance to prove myself to be where I am right now.
RM: You have been in the diaspora how has been the experience?
Football is just the same; it is just that I feel we need to give our local coaches a chance to go out there and get more experience of the game and learn more but to be honest football is the same.
RM: You have been making a name for yourself and raising the national flag high. Kindly share the experience.
SN: At the moment I am leading Pathfinder FC in New York and I have seen wonders as the boys have responded well to my philosophy and things are going well for us.
RM: Will we get to see Young Pep in the dugout for the Warriors or the Young Warriors.
SN: Soon you will see Young Pep in the dugout of the national team and that’s the thing I’m working on and all I can say is trust the process.
RM: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
SN: You will see me rubbing shoulders with likes of Pep Guardiola, Frank Lampard and Rulani Mokoena to mention a few.
RM: Words of advice to those who would like to venture into coaching.
SN: To all young coaches like me even the seniors, football now needs more time to learn and concentrate with the players because we can prepare but at the end if you miss one detail you will lose the match.
RM: Parting words to the soccer loving nation of Zimbabwe.
SN: To all the Young Pep fans all I can say is the smile on your face will come back soon and everyone will be happy and the national flag will rise again.