Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyane is determined to build a successful career as a coach and share the experience he gained in the 15 years he spent as a player at the highest level in Mzansi football.
Letsholonyane, who retired from professional football at the end of last season, has just completed his first full campaign as a coach in the SAB League with amateur side Pimville Young Stars.
Ironically, this is the club where the 39-year-old honed his skills as a player when he started his glittering career which saw him go on to make a whopping 374 club appearances in the PSL, and earn 50 Bafana Bafana caps. And just like he did with his playing career, Letsholonyane is prepared to start from the bottom and work his way to the very top through sheer determination and discipline.
He has already completed the Safa/Caf C License, while he has been waiting for the B License and he has also been busy with his Scottish B license.
“I have always maintained that my contribution to South African football will not stop when my playing days are over,” said the former midfield maestro.
“I have always had dreams and aspirations to be a coach one day. I’ve gained a lot of experience that I’d like to share with others.
“I’d definitely like to coach in the PSL one day. It would be a dream come true for me.
“The game of football is all I know, and it has taught me a lot about life. I want to remain in football for as long as possible.
“There’s nothing more fulfilling than doing something that you love for a living.
“I was fortunate to do that for a long time and I intend to do that as a coach.
“I have just finished my first full season as a coach with Pimville Young Stars, where we did quite well.
“We were able to finish fifth in the league and we can only improve from that.”
Letsholonyane admitted that he has dreams of coaching at the top level in the PSL one day and is prepared to work hard to realise his dream.
The Chiefs legend has not limited himself and has spread his wings post retirement as an ambassador for various brands, as a TV pundit and a businessman.