28 September 2017 – The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) congratulates the head coach of the South African U17 National Team (Amajimbos) Molefi Ntseki, who was named Sports Coach of the Year at the Free State Province Sports Awards.

The event, held in honour of celebrating the best talent of the province in both elite and community levels, took place on Friday, 22 September 2017 at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein.

Ntseki has played a pivotal role not only in community development in the province, but he has also managed to break records and national level through his experience of being an educator and development football coach.

“It is always a wonderful feeling to be recognized for the work that one does, however, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation for a befitting event,” said Ntseki.

“It is very humbling to be recognized by your own family, in this case the Free State Province, but it is an even better feeling to touch the lives of the young children in the communities. Our role is that of educators and the only time we see success is when these youngsters are also successful. It is great to be rewarded for something you are passionate about, thanks once again for the recognition.”

Ntseki led the Amajimbos squad in the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile. He was also in charge of the team when they finished in second place at the inaugural 2016 BRICS U17 Football Tournament held in Goa, India. He also led the squad to a fourth place finish at U17 COSAFA Cup in Mauritius in July.

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