Karabo shines as youngest winning Varsity Football coach

We are the champions… coach Karabo Masehela's team are the 2019 Varsity Football champions. During Karabo's early years in the sport, he  represented the South Africa National under 17, under 20 and under 23 soccer teams.

Coach Karabo Masehela receives a diploma in sports science during the April graduation ceremony in 2019.

At just 29 years old, NWU Soccer Institute coach Karabo Masehela has made history by becoming the youngest coach to take his team to victory at the Varsity Football championship on 26 September 2019.

This follows hot on the heels of the soccer team’s sterling performance at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament in 2018. Karabo, then the team’s interim coach, led his players to overall second position. He was appointed head coach of the institute on 1 June 2019.


His road to success


Karabo has served on both sides of the pitch – he played for the institute from 2015 to 2017 and served as an assistant coach to former head coach Monde Hlatshwayo.


He has also played for some of the country’s top clubs, including SuperSport FC, University of Pretoria FC, Thanda Royal Zulu FC, FC Cape Town and Holland-based Feyenord.


Karabo’s other achievements include three ABSA Premiership gold medals that he secured while playing for SuperSport FC who won the league in 2008, 2009 and 2010.


Loyal alumnus, devoted supporters


Not content with all this, he is an NWU alumnus too. In addition to attending an introductory coaching course organised by the institute, the new head coach received his diploma in sports science during the NWU’s April graduation ceremony in 2019.


Karabo says the Purple Army, as the NWU supporters are affectionately known, has shown the team incredible support at every match throughout their participation in the Varsity Football tournament.


Time to shine


“Varsity Football is a necessary platform for clubs like the NWU Soccer Institute to shine through its talent management and development,” he says.


“The institute is unearthing this country’s footballing talent and exposing them to an array of opportunities – just as I have been.”