Bokone Bophirima soccer coach from BM Mokitime Primary School in Mahikeng will be heading to France in October this year. Elias Marosane was elected by MILLÉ which is a technical sportswear to attend the Danone Nations Cup World finals.
Marosane coached the under-12 school team that narrowly lost to Benny’s in the national finals of the competition in Reiger Park in June. He was chosen by a panel of judges to accompany the team to France as an observer.
The panel of judges that was led by scouts from Sundowns made the winning decision.
Marosane said he was chosen based on his ability to mobilise his team on and off the field of play. He said his calm exterior was important to kids as he encouraged them to be able to handle pressure, especially when games did not go their way.
“My use of the field and positioning of players, team structure, discipline and motivational skills were impressive. This is such an honour and I cannot thank Millé enough for giving me this opportunity. Out of all the fantastic coaches at the national final, I was the chosen one. I have been coaching BM Mokitime for the past three years and all the hard work has paid off.
“Not only will this benefit the school, but I also have my own youth soccer team called Liverpool. Whatever I will learn in France, I will introduce it to the youngsters here at home. I must admit that I am a bit nervous as I have never travelled outside South African borders but at the same time I am very intrigued,” Marosane said.
The trip will be sponsored by Millé, which is a partner in the Danone Nations Cup competition.
Millé has been kitting out the Danone Nations Cup teams for the provincial finals to the national finals for the past three years. They have decided to reward a coach that managed to get his team to the national finals for hard work, dedication and commitment to developing South Africa’s young footballers.
The World Finals will take place in Paris, France from the 14th – 16th October.
The winning coach will travel with a Millé representative as well as the Danone Nations Cup media team. The package includes travel, accommodation, all meals, accreditation to all three days of games and a couple of excursions to experience some of the local culture.
The coach will be able watch the 32 competing countries and see how other international coaches manage their teams. He will see how they cope with the match build up and how they manage games, especially how they manage their teams after winning or losing.
Marosane will also watch player performances and evaluate different approaches to the game, and how other countries conduct team selection.
He will learn about the general organisation of international events and bring that knowledge home with him.
The tournament sponsors, Danone, acknowledge that the prize is an extremely valuable gesture from Millé, since providing a local coach with such an experience benefits not just the winning school, but also his surrounding schools and South Africa as a whole.