It’s heartbreaking to lose such a role model
South African football has been dealt with a huge loss this week, as Reggi Jantjies passed on, Jantjies was a lethal striker in his heydays for teams like Cape Town Spurs and Hellenic. When his playing days were done, he turned into coaching. He coached sides like FC Kaapstadt, the University of the Western Cape and the University of Stellenbosch. Siphelele Magubane of Golden Arrows is one player that has had the privilege of being coached by the late Jantjies. We had a chat with Magubane about the passing of his former coach and how he has been enjoying his time out in Lamontville.
“Yoh bro honestly its heartbreaking to lose such a role model, coach Reggie was a very good coach with a very good personality. I’ve learnt a lot from him during my days in Stellenbosch. I remember the first time I met him for my first session with the club(Maties)he spoke in Afrikaans and I did not understand a word of Afrikaans, hahaha I didn’t know how to respond he laughed at me and then gave me a hug, he told me to feel at home. I had my challenges that side but he was always there for me giving guidance, coach Reggie always spoke to me after training and after matches to give he’s views. He helped me a lot to improve my game, he preferred to play me as a number 10 or attacking medfield, South African football has really really lost a legend, my brother, more especially Western Cape football because he was helping youngsters to achieve their goals”
“Donna” as Magubane is known in football circles is a product of the well known SuperSport Youth Academy, unfortunately, he could not break into the Matsantsatsa first team and had to move down to the Western Cape. It is where his football took centre stage and was duly snapped up by now-defunct FC Cape Town, After two good seasons in the National First Division for the African Beats he then joined Golden Arrows in 2016/17 season. He is currently in his third season for Abafana Besthende.
“I have just finished my second season with Arrows, it’s been great my brother, I am enjoying my football here. I’ve improved a lot in my game, working with coach Clinton has been really good, he is patient with players and always try to help us reach our full potential and he tries, by all means, to give everybody a fair chance in the team, he has been really good to us”
Last season the diminutive midfielder won the goal of the season at the end of the season awards in the Absa Premiership.
” The goal of the season mmmmmm to tell you the truth I still don’t believe I won that award. I mean a lot of good goals were scored last season but all thanks to the fans who voted for my goal, it means a lot to me, my family and people of Macambini actually Mandeni as a whole you know what I mean. I never thought I could go all the way to win the award so it really feels good and an honour to have won this beautiful award. The sad part about it is that my dad is not with us to see that beautiful moment he was dreaming to see one day but surely he’s happy where he is hopefully by Gods grace I’ll achieve more”
Favourite player: Teko Modise
Best Ground: Moses Mabhida
Best player in the World: Christiano Ronaldo