EAST LONDON - Playing under three coaches in a single season can often be detrimental to a player's development, but Chippa United defender Abel Mabaso says it has helped him.
Mabaso has had a brilliant season at Chippa; quickly becoming an important member for the team after was signed by then coach Dan “Dance” Malesela before the start of the season, after training with the team a couple weeks in Durban last year.
Malesela was dismissed by Chippa after losing to Baroka FC very early this season, but Mabaso has continued to improve and helped the team to be where it is today.
Chippa United managed to escape relegation battle – thanks to guys like Mabaso, who worked very hard and stayed focused on the job despite changes in the coaching department.
Mabaso worked with three coaches this season alone, and he is one of the few players who were used regularly by all. The Durban-born player told Independent Media that working with different coaches was a challenge but that has also helped him a lot personally.
“We worked with three different coaches. For me, it was a good challenge because that helped me to adapt to different messages and different ways of playing. But also what I have learned is that it helped me grow because the position that I have been playing. I was able to go forward (this season) and actually get couple of goals. I also did my defensive duties well,” said Mabaso.
In his journey as a soccer player, Mabaso has three important things that carried him to be where he is today. Those things are his attitude, the way he trains and the way he performs on the field.
“My attitude, the way I train and play – those are the things I can control. I focus on what I can control, what I can do and the rest of the things that I can’t control, I just let them go,” Mabaso said.
Like any other professional player, the former Ajax Cape Town defender wanted to improve and become a better player. The industrious player had this to say when asked about his objectives this season.
“I think there’s a room for improvement. Even now I still look at my games, analyse and see pointers I need to improve on. For me personally, I am not going to say I am happy because I am still looking forward to the player I am going to be in the next five years. That’s the present I am actually looking forward to.
“I will never get there because when I get there I also want to look forward to the next player that I am in the next five years. That is how I look at it, That’s how I call the way I do things. For me, it’s a way to improve and just to learn from the senior players that have played for a long time.”
“My objective was to play consistently in most of the games. I feel I have been doing that so far and which I am happy about. That was my most important. I wanted to improve my game and keep having good performances. I think I have been doing that and I think what will help me also is to keep on same mentality and to keep going – that will help me to be a better player,” concluded Mabaso.