Unathi Bongo

Unathi Bongo

Unathi was born and raised in Khayelitsha, where his love for soccer has flourished. Unathi played soccer for over 15 years with the Bafana team while growing up and attending school. He couldn’t be more excited to pass on his knowledge, experience, and love for the sport through coaching. Soccer is such an important part of Unathi’s life that, one day, he hopes to attend university to receive higher education to be an even more effective and impactful coach.

He joined Ikasi soccer school because he had a desire to get involved in a meaningful program that he was passionate about and felt could make a true impact within his community. Currently, he holds a coaching position within the organisation. When coaching, Unathi believes that the physical abilities of the girls are one of the most important parts of training. For this reason, he wishes that the program could run every day of the week.

Through encouragement and commitment, he feels that Ikasi can make a real positive difference for the younger generations of girls and women. Unathi hopes that one day they will not have to struggle through the inequality and lack of empowerment that is constantly impacting women in society today.

He won this 1st title with his team Eluxolweni Primary School in December 2018 and has received a 4 days of basic training by the Western Cape government and The Learning Trust in February 2020.