The Palapye born Ngwako just returned from St Georges Park-London where she attended a week long FA International Licence Award-level 2 under the Premier Skills programme.
Premier Skills is a collaborative innovative coaching project between the Premier League and the British Council aimed at developing the coaching skills of young people and to educate them on how they could use football as a tool for skills and community development.
Armed with an FA International coaching license the former Matebejane mentor now dreams of acquiring a UEFA Level B coaching license and ultimately setting up her own football academy.
She got her CAF Instructor Certificate in 2007, and did her Premier Skills Phase 1 in 2008. For one to finally attain the highest level they go through three phases which include setting up community projects and practical.
“Out of the 12 people who enrolled for the Instructor phase only two made it and you are talking to one of them,” she said.
“It was these projects I set up which facilitated my move to St Georges Park,” she told Voice Sport.
Though she is qualified to sit on the technical bench of local sides, Ngwako says her passion really lies with grassroots development.
“I enjoy working with kids, and that is where my focus will go,” she said.
Her relationship with young footballers dates back to 2003, when she won back to back titles with Mmusi Primary School in the Chappies Little League National Finals.
The then BFA Technical Director Losika Keatholetswe assigned her to a school of excellence where she worked with some of the seasoned players today. Among the players she worked include Gaborone United’s Tebogo Sembowa and Ntesang Shimanyana who has since joined the professional ranks in the South African Premier League.
“My aim is to have my product in the national team every year and I believe it is an achievable feat,” she said.
One of her outstanding product is FC Palapye and Under 20 sensation Allen Ndodole whom she groomed since he was doing Standard three.
“While in London I had an opportunity to visit the Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Academies and I saw first hand what grassroots development is all about,” she said.
“The money that clubs invest on young players is shocking and we are nowhere near that,” Ngwako told Voice Sport.
“This has motivated me even further to engage young people in Palapye to set up the academy. Grass roots development is important if we want our national teams to be successful,” she said.
Ngwako said she has made contacts throughout the world who have shown the willingness to help her groom future stars.
“We can’t continue to blame coaches when our development structures are wanting. Football philosophy differs, but the principles of play are the same.
However if the application of these principles is wrong I don’t who the coach or team is playing, you are in trouble,” was Ngwako’s parting short.