Luphahla takes up coaching

Former Highlanders and Warriors speedy forward, Joel Luphahla, has taken up coaching. He is now assistant coach at his new club CAPS United.

Joel Luphahla.
Joel Luphahla.

The former South African-based star, who joined CAPS United at the start of the season after he was lured to the capital by then coach Moses Chunga, will assist head coach Lloyd Chitembwe in a technical department that also has Kennedy Nagoli.

The winger showed flashes of brilliance in his first few games under Chunga, but became a bit part player at the club that also lured former Highlanders midfielder Stephen Alimenda.

Chitembwe decided to use his experience by roping him into his technical department as one of his assistants.

"Luphahla is a very experienced player. We decided to have him in the technical department as he was no longer playing the entire match. We now have him as one of the assistant coaches and we hope his experience will help our technical department," said Chitembwe.

Luphahla was on the bench when United were edged 1-0 by bitter rivals Dynamos on Sunday to bow out of the Mbada Diamond Cup tournament.

Luphahla turned out for South African Premiership side Silver Stars, but was forced to return home after suffering a horrific injury in April 2007, which left his career in doubt.

He broke his leg in two places while turning out for Silver Stars against Jomo Cosmos in a South African Premiership clash.

Doctors said at the time he would need "a miracle" to recover. But the speedy forward defied odds after recovering from the injury and resumed his career at the club before deciding to come back home to join Highlanders and later CAPS United.

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