Former Cape Town City defender Vincent Kobola thought hard about coaching


New Chippa United coach Eric Tinkler recently hired Kobola to serve as his assistant coach at the Port Elizabeth-based outfit.

The 33-year-old ended his playing days in defence at Cape Town City, who decided against retaining his services at the end of last season.

"Everything happened unexpected," Kobola admitted.

"I was training on my own and waiting to receive offers when I received the call from Eric Tinkler.

"I thought long and hard and had to consult my family, and seek the best advice from some people with experience in football.

"I am grateful for the big opportunity given to me by the chairman [Siviwe Mpengesi] of Chippa United. I remain indebted to Eric Tinkler for believing in me.

"I am ready to grab this opportunity with both hands. I want to learn, work hard and contribute to the success of the team.

"I also want to use this opportunity to share my experience with the young players in the team and help them become better people both on and off the field."

The former Moroka Swallows and Jomo Cosmos man plans to get coaching qualifications.

"I can now safely say I have retired from football. My focus now is on the task ahead. I was fortunate to work with some of the greatest coaches where I learnt a lot. My next goal is to get coaching qualifications."

Kobola tasted his first victory as a coach with the Chilli Boys' 1-0 victory over Baroka last Saturday.