Baloyi Relishes Being at the Helm as Maties Coach
Jabulile Baloyi, current Maties women football head coach, is excited about the prospect of building a strong team unit and uplifting upcoming women footballers based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Baloyi, who was appointed at Stellenbosch University (Maties Sport) in November of last year, has tremendous experience particularly in women's football as she has coached both the under 20 South African side, as well as University Sport South Africa (USSA) teams at the Confederation of University and Colleges Sports Associations (CUCSA) Games in Botswana (2018), and the FISU World University Games in Chinese Taipei (2017) and Napoli (2019).
Her experience in university sport and especially in women's football, developed from her work at the University of Johannesburg, is advantageous to Maties as she understands how university teams operate and play. She brings a vast knowledge of the game both locally and internationality, which will be extremely beneficial to the women's team as they look to expand their skillset and reach higher heights.
When asked about her recent appointment and hopes for the future, Baloyi had this to say, "I am both humbled and excited to be joining the Maties family, especially at a time of this exciting partnership between Maties and Stellenbosch FC in a venture to grow and advance women's football. The aim is to prove to ourselves, as a team, that we are capable of winning and positively improving on our results. My ultimate goal is to establish a team that is competitive and has a winning mentality."
Coach Baloyi representing South Africa as under 20 Head Coach
This appointment will have a good ripple effect on Maties women's team and more importantly will provide them with good guidance as the university looks to empower their student-athletes in the various codes they participate in, particularly women's football in this case. Baloyi and her team hope that because of her appointment they will develop and produce more quality women's footballers in the Western Cape region and will have a thriving women’s football team environment moving forward.
This was further echoed by the Director of Support Services at Maties Sport, Jerry Laka who said, "There are other sporting codes that we have developed in recent times, and now we have invested in football. It is an opportunity also to give our students, and the surrounding community an opportunity for football development." The few matches that were left last season provided Baloyi with the ideal platform to assess the areas of concern, as the team works toward achieving their ambitions.
Coach Baloyi being interviewed in her new role with Maties
"We need to establish a base of players that we can attract and then retain the players that we have. Meaning we keep them for the next coming two seasons and see, what kind of a team that we can come up with in order to compete," said the seasoned Maties Coach.
Having appointed a coach who has played at the highest level is a move in the right direction for Maties, as an evident interest in the growth and the development of women's football in South Africa is clear.
Edited by Huang Xiaomei