Basil Mavukwana only joined the FNB Football First Programme a few weeks ago as the new Head Coach at the FNB Lawaaikamp Stadium, but he already feels like part of the FNB Football First family.

“My two assistant coaches have really welcomed me with open arms and have helped me get acquainted with the processes and schedules.  It has been a very busy few weeks, but the transition has been smooth,” says Mavukwana.

As a senior coach himself, who has been involved in the promotion of under 17, under 19 and under 21 players in the region, the new challenge was easy to accept as he is used to assisting and mentoring junior coaches in the region.

“I am passionate about ploughing my skills back into the community, sharing my knowledge, experience and ideas with our future generation.  This experience has been a lot of fun so far, and I look forward to seeing these youngsters develop and succeed in the future,” he adds.

Mavukwana, who also enjoys hiking and volleyball, started playing football at a very young age on the dusty streets of Lawaaikamp and joined a team called Black Cats Football Club in 1983 at the age of 13.

“In 2002 the team was promoted to the Castle League where I played a pivotal role as player and trainer of the team.  I finally hung up my boots in 2006 at the age of 36,” he reminisces.

He is still the head coach of the Black Cats Football Club and team was promoted to the ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape for the 2015/2016 season.

“I feel privileged to be part of the FNB Football First Programme.  It’s clear to me that the programme has already changed the lives of so many youngsters, and I look forward to being part of that experience in the future,” concludes Mavukwana.