GABORONE; – – / Botswana retired legendary soccer player and former Zebras marksman, Dipsy Selolwane has come out to relief himself from the pressure of coaching in the elite leagues at least for now, so as to focus in growing his academy dubbed the Dipsy Selolwane Football Academy. Over the years and as a global phenomenon, a coaching role has become a visible trend that former players pursue upon hanging their soccer boots.
Selolwane’s decorated football career has been seen by one too many football pundits as one that needs him to ascend to the hot seat of being in the touchline, either of the local clubs currently playing in the BTC premiership league or beyond Botswana shores especially in South Africa where he played for a decade and represented four Absa premiership clubs during his tenure. A true leader and patriot during his football playing times, Selolwane has also captained all of the clubs he played for in South Africa, and remains the longest serving player in Botswana to have played internationally.
Across the region and the world, Selolwane’s age cartel and former players such as Frank Lampard (Derby Country, English Championship), Thierry Henry (Monaco, French Ligue 1) , Steven Gerrard (Rangers, Scottish League), Benedict McCarthy (Cape Town City, Absa Premiership), Shaun Bartlet (Tuks, South Africa First Division) are some of the retired players in their 40s that took the bold decisions to adhere to coaching roles and have proven to be good coaches despite the little experience in coaching.
Speaking during the Barclays Premiership #Superfans affair which hosted Nigerian superstar, Jay Jay Okocha at the Game City Mall terrace in Gaborone recently, Selolwane said he wants to grow his academy first into a world-standards and fully-fledged academy before he can decide to offer coaching services in the elite leagues. “I don’t want to put pressure on myself with a coaching role. A good example is a youthful Manchester United coach Jose Mourihno who in football standards is still a youthful coach – he has turned grey hair because of the stress and demand that comes with coaching,” quipped Selolwane jokily.
“So for me, I will start with kids at the academy then grow from there. Football is a process, and coaching qualifications would never make you a good coach overnight,” said Selolwane. Currently some of the players that played with Selolwane at national team level who are now assistant coaches in the BTC premiership include Pontsho Moloi (Extension Gunners), Modiri Marumo (Jwaneng Galaxy, goalkeeper coach) and Ndiyapo Letsholathebe (Police XI).