AmaZulu FC dedicated a 45-minute-long discussion in career guidance and education for a second year running at the eThekwini Youth Employability Indaba and career EXPO which was held at Durban Exhibition Centre on 24 May.
The three-day event provides the youth in Durban with the opportunity to engage with various institutions who provide them with information on employment opportunities which enables students to make informed career choices.
The conference which was organized by Independent Media in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, also afforded students with the opportunity to engage with some of their football heroes.
The panel was made up of AmaZulu FC goalkeeper, Siyabonga Mbatha; newly retired veteran striker, Siyabonga Nomvethe; Goalkeeper coach, Davies Phiri and Media and communications Manager, Brilliant Mkhathini.
The group unpacked the various careers that are associated with a football club ranging from admin, corporate social responsibility to youth development.
The discussion was chaired experienced Durban based sports journalist, and On the Ball Media Manager, Myron Naicker.
Umlazi born keeper, Siyabonga Mbatha advised the youngsters not to compromise on discipline in their pursuit for a career in sports.
Mbatha said: “Your talents in any industry cannot be enough. We tend to only dwell on the short-term successes in football at times. My advice if you have an interest in sport, look after yourself, stay away from drugs and treat your sport, be it football or any other sport as work.”
Experienced Zambian goalkeeper, Davies Phiri who also holds a CAF A License coaching qualification was also on hand to encourage the youth.
“Just like every career football involves a lot of education. Players must have a certain level of education for them to be coachable and to know how to also manage their affairs. That is how the game of football has evolved.”
‘’As a person I’m always also looking to better my own knowledge as a goalkeeper coach,” said Phiri.
The scholars were also afforded the opportunity to partake in a short “kick around” activity with Bhele Nomvethe on hand to offer the best tricks on how to get the best of goalkeepers as a striker.