Former Mthatha City coach and head of football, Nkush Malgas has joined National First Division outfit Witbank Spurs as assistant coach on a one-season agreement with a renewal option.
Malgas who has been with City since the 2014-15 ABC Motsepe League season yesterday officially signed on the dotted line with Spurs following an offer he received last week.
The Ngqamakwe-born football mentor said he is expecting to grow from the new venture and Spurs was the perfect team for him to join right now.
“It comes up more as a career challenge, even though it’s sad to leave City at this stage personally, but I’ve been in denial enough by turning down many offers that have came my way before,” Malgas said.
The well-decorated football strategist said not getting the recognition he deserved at home from the only NFD Club – Mthatha Bucks – didn’t matter because he knew that another door would eventually open.
“It’s more like in the Bible where a prophet doesn’t get recognition in his home town, as you remember the story of Jesus Christ. There are no hard feelings though.
“I hold an Uefa basic coaching licence, Caf A licence, WFA periodisation specialist and Stats notational level. And I think it’s very important for coaches to equip themselves, as there are a lot of benefits from doing that.”
Malgas said his new position was going to be more like exploration and that meant stepping out of his comfort zone.
“More coaches are doing the very same thing all over again. We’ve seen that in this life that those who achieve greatness are driven by challenges and self belief.
“I believe I’ve always been ready to step up and be tested with the big boys but God’s time is the best time.”
City has not been stable enough this season due to transitional change in management which has yet to be finalised.
It may look as if this has affected the team’s top notch performance as one of the most ruthless sides in the third-tier league, but Malgas remained adamant that things would eventually settle at the club after his departure.
Malgas said up and coming coaches should always give their best at all times in whatever they do because they never know who is watching.
“In football you might never know who is watching your efforts and always know that there are no short cuts; it’s only hard work that pays off.
“The coaching golden rule is set the standard, demand excellence, don’t expect to be liked or attract masses because greatness is not for everyone.”
Malgas’ first task will be to assist head coach and chairman Themba Mafu overcome Uthongathi at the Puma Rugby Stadium in Mpumalanga on Saturday.