Mike Ntombela Sports Management (MNSM) was formed in 1999 but registered in 2003 with the aim to play a specific and critical role in the holistic upliftment of the sports, in the main, football.
MNSM It is owned by the former Mamelodi Sundowns player and captain Mike ‘Tse Tse Fly’ Ntombela. Ntombela started his football career at Senoane Gunners FC before moving to Wits University FC.
After hanging up his boot, Ntombela moved into coaching and cut his teeth at Sundowns, Moroka Swallows, He was later appointed as the South African Under-23 assistant coach and also mentored Safa’s Under-17 team.
After his stint with the national teams, he developed interest in football administration, player management and grassroot football. Beyond his talent as a footballer, he has a marvelous ability to discover and develop talent.
He unearthed a lot of players, which includes the likes of Ajax Amsterdam FC midfield Thulani Serero, Wits University defender Thulani Hlatshwayo, former Orlando Pirates defensive midfield Clifford Ngobeni and former Golden Arrows player Vusimuzi Dhlamini.
His face became associated with Adidas SA, where he worked as their football manager from 1998 until 2010 World Cup.
Some of his responsibilities at Adidas included the management of South African football senior team and all other national teams’ technical support traveling with all teams particularly with the Senior Team to major tournaments e.g. AFCON and WORLD CUP. He was also in charge of the designing and implementation of Adidas and Safa development programmes.
Athlete (Player, Coach etc.) management skills were harnessed during these past 12 years as he identified coaches and players to be signed and managed by Adidas. He also worked closely with the PSL, Safa and 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC).
Ntombela has proven to be an all-rounder as he has also vast media experience, having been an SABC radio analyst during the 1996 AFCON and was Sowetan’s Newspaper weekly columnist during that time.
He was also part of the Supersport TV Soccer analysts’ panel between 2010 and 2012.
Ntombela earned his way from team manager to Technical Director at Sundowns and wasted no time in proving his administration prowess, as Sundowns became the power-house of African football.
His duties at Sundowns included:
- Actively promote the technical vision and underlying to the club’s varied stakeholders, including non-technical people.
- Recruit, develop, support senior team head coach and directly manage the performance of the development head coaches, coaching staff, and technical matters of the Club.