Our Team

Coach Thomas Youth Development is ran by a small team of dedicated volunteers, each of whom earns nothing besides respect and appreciation from the community of Masiphumelele. 

If you are interested in working with us, head over to the Contact Us page or message us through one of our social media channels. 

Mthandazo Ndabeni 

Founder, Chairperson & Head Coach

Better known as ‘Coach Thomas’, Mthandazo is a well-known face to the residents of Masiphumelele. His passion for teaching continues to drive CTYD into new horizons. 


Vusumzi Ntshuntsha

Co-founder, Treasurer & Coach

From the very beginning, Vusumzi’s aim has been to take children and young adolescents away from the notorious threats surrounding alcohol use, drug use, and street crime, and instead to channel their energy into sports. 

Nonthathu Zimemo

Women’s Sports Director & Coach

Nonthathu has thus far amassed 14 years of experience in coaching girls and young women in sports. Like the rest of the team, Nonthathu strongly supports gender equality; she continuously strives to make our programs accessible to all. 

Justin Bailey

Secretary, Coach & Soccer Referee 

As the youngest coach at CTYD, Justin is creative, reliable, and a great source of strength thanks to his energetic personality.


Mthandazile Dubula

Human Resource Manager & Coach

Mthandazile starting out as a proud father watching his son play soccer for CTYD‘s ‘Young Stars FC’ team. He has since grown into a key administrative force in our team – becoming a role model and source of inspiration for all of the kids.  

Charlene Bailey

Vice Treasurer

Charlene witnessed several young people in Masiphumelele fall into lives defined by drug use and street crime. Her concern compelled her to join CTYD, helping create safe and positive activities for youth to engage with.  

Mawande Majiya

Juniors’ Football Coordinator

Mawande was once himself a student of Coach Thomas. As such, he is regarded as a legend by the younger players; a source of experience, knowledge, and inspiration. 

Lwandiso Mfanta

Marketing Manager

Lwandiso was personally asked to join our team at CTYD, and he has become a crucial part to our success. He is a well-known hiking enthusiast – always first to the top – and a proud father who is excited to see his children join our programs soon.