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Sport - Date: 18 April 2020
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 5325
Mr Joel Masutha is one of the best football coaches Vhembe District has ever produced. Following his success stories over the past years, many soccer fanatics started to ask themselves questions about the mentor’s historical background.
This well-travelled man was born at Madzhatsha village in the Nzhelele Valley 47 years ago. The Prophet, as his fans call him, started playing soccer at a tender age. He played for a local team, Mamuhohi Home Boys, in the mid-eighties before moving to Tshikuwi Stone Breakers. That was where a scout from Rabali Blackpool FC saw him. When Rabali Blackpool died a natural death, Masutha migrated to Black Leopards.
He played for Lidoda Duvha for several years before hanging up his boots in 2006. Masutha’s coaching career dates to 2008 when Black Leopards offered him a job to assist Mr Shepherd Murape. When Murape’s relationship with Leopards came to an end, Masutha stayed behind and worked as an assistant to the Serbian national, Mr Vladislav Heric.
When Mr Kostadin Papic took over as the head coach for Black Leopards in 2009, Masutha continued work as his assistant. In 2014, Masutha, a teacher by profession, left the Thohoyandou outfit for Chippa United, where he worked for one season. When Black Leopards reappointed Papic as the team’s coach, Masutha came back to work as his assistant.
When Leopards fired Papic, Masutha took over as caretaker-coach. Masutha was the team’s head coach when Black Leopards gained promotion to the Absa Premiership Division at the end of the 2017/18 soccer season. He worked as the team’s head coach for 10 matches when Leopards were campaigning in the elite division before his relationship with the club ended abruptly.
He went back to Chippa United, where he worked for a few months before parting ways with the Port Elizabeth side. His next stop was with the National First Division side, Maccabi FC, where he stayed until the end of last season. Masutha took over as the team’s head coach for the GladAfrica Championship League side, Real Kings, early this season. Real Kings were languishing at the bottom of the log when Masutha took the risk of coaching the team.
The Durban-based side were lying in the fifth spot on the log standings when Masutha resigned two months ago to join the millions of South Africa’s jobless people. Speaking from his Maniini Block M home, Masutha revealed that he had rejected numerous offers from GladAfrica Championship and Absa Premiership clubs after leaving Real Kings. He further stated that his aim was to relax with his family until the end of the current season and that he would start a new coaching life at the beginning of the new season.
Mr Joel “The Prophet” Masutha.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.