Township Rollers Football Club have parted ways with their Player-Assistant-Coach, Sekhana "Nandos" Koko after failing to agree on terms in the offer presented by the team for a new contract. Koko made the announcement on his facebook page on Wednesday afternoon. He posted: "Let me thank you all #bluenation for contributing immensely into what I am today. It’s a very sad day for me to announce partying ways with you. Am gonna miss you a lot. It’s a pity we couldn't agree on contractual terms, as much as I would have loved to have signed; the offer should earn me a living. All in all I am happy to have been part of this wonderful family, wish you luck in the coming season!"
As the senior and most experienced figure amongst Popa players, Koko was named the Player-Assistant-Coach on November 3, 2015 at the same time that Maano Ditshupo was appointed Captain while Joel Mogorosi was chosen as Vice-Captain. "It’s with great pleasure that Township Rollers FC announces the appointment of our Captain Sekhana Koko as our Player-Assistant-Coach, who with his immense tactical skills and playing knowledge, shall assist our technical team in the coaching prospects and shall also be available for selection to play in competitive fixtures," read part of a statement from the team. Rollers had also promised to provide Koko with all the necessary coaching education, helping and funding him for all the relevant national and international coaching courses and licenses, and develop him as a valuable technical coaching asset for the Blues.
On accepting his appointment, the nimble footed midfield maestro said: "Coaching is a big word for me as of now. I would use a different word like mentoring or assisting. But more than all that, it is actually about passing on the experience to the next generation about what you have learnt and guiding them, and along with it, also carrying on with my current level of field performance for fixtures. So, I have two roles to play now, two responsibilities. This is a new opportunity in my book, I strongly look forward to challenges and exploring this opportunity and see how I can make a difference and bring my experience into play for my teammates. I really thank the supporters and also thank Township Rollers FC Management for their hospitality and the immense faith they have shown in me.”