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Joshua Smith (football)

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Joshua Smith
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Personal information
Full name Joshua Mervyn Smith
Date of birth (1986-11-15) 15 November 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Club information
Current team
AmaZulu F.C. (High Performance Manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
2010–2015 Kaizer Chiefs (Head of Sport Science)
2015–2015 Genclerbirligi SK (Senior Team Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2016–2017 Supersport United (Senior Team Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2017–2019 South Africa national football team (Senior Team Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2017– Present AmaZulu F.C. (High Performance Manager)

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Joshua Mervyn Smith (born 15 November 1986) is a sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach. He has worked for Kaizer Chiefs.[1][2][3], Genclerbirligi SK[4][5], Supersport United[6][7][8], the South Africa national football team [9][10][11][12][13][14], and now currently for AmaZulu FC.[2][9]

Early life[edit]

Joshua was born and raised in Durban, South Africa.

Coaching career[edit]

Joshua started his professional coaching career working in the South African Premier Division with Kaizer Chiefs in 2010, previous to this he worked for Ajax Cape Town and Santos on a voluntary basis [4]. His first season (2010/2011) in the South African Premier Division saw him join the technical team of Vladimir Vermezović, with the team winning the Telkom Cup and finishing third in the [15][16].

He had a less successful 2nd season with Kaizer Chiefs, as the team only managed a 5th place finish in the league [17] and were beaten in the MTN 8 final by their cross-town rivals Orlando Pirates F.C. [18].

The 2012/2013 season saw Stuart Baxter arrive at Kaizer Chiefs, and with that a return to winning ways for the club [19] - capturing two league titles [20], an MTN 8 cup [21] and the Nedbank Cup[22]. During his time at Chiefs, Smith gained continental experience in the CAF Champions League qualifying rounds[23].

Joshua established a close working relationship with Baxter, which resulted in him accepting a job as a member of Baxter's technical staff at Gençlerbirliği S.K. in the Turkish Süper Lig[4] - this after Baxter left Chiefs at the end of the 2014/2015 season. [24]

Smith's time in Turkey was short-lived - as Baxter was fired after 2 games in charge.[5]. Following the stint with Gençlerbirliği S.K., Joshua returned to South African football in 2016, where he would coach in the South African Premier Division as a member of Baxter's technical team at Supersport United. United would go on to win back-to-back Nedbank Cups before Baxter was approached by the South African Football Association to become the new national team coach [25][26][27]. As with Kaizer Chiefs, Joshua also gained continental experience with Supersport United, this time in the CAF Confederation Cup[28][8]

Eric Tinkler was selected as Stuart Baxter's replacement at Supersport United, and with that, he chose to bring in his own conditioning coach to replace Joshua Smith.[29]. Joshua terminated his contract by mutual agreement and did consultant work with the South Africa national football team before securing a contract with AmaZulu[2]

Joshua was involved in the Bafana Bafana qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as the qualifiers for and at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where Bafana Bafana beat hosts Egypt in the Round of 16 and eventually knocked out by Nigeria in the quarter-finals [9][12][13][14][30][31][32].

Following the AFCON campaign, Joshua took up a new position at AmaZulu as the High Performance Manager. This new post would take him away from the national team setup.[10]

Education[edit]

Joshua holds a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of South Wales[33] and has attended various courses held by Raymond Verheijen's World Football Academy[34]

Professional Experience[edit]

Club Level[edit]

  • AmaZulu FC: August 2017 - Present [2][9]
  • Supersport United: February 2016 - June 2017 [3][6][8]
  • Genclerbirligi SK: July 2015 - August 2015 [5][4]
  • Kaizer Chiefs: July 2010 - July 2015 [1][2][3]

National Level[edit]

  • South Africa national football team: September 2015 (consultant); June 2017 - September 2019 [9][10][11][12][13][14]

Competitions/Leagues[edit]

  • CAF Champions League qualifying rounds[35]
  • CAF Confederation Cup[36][37]
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
  • 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers and Tournament [13][14]
  • COSAFA Cup [38][39]
  • Premier Soccer League [2][1][6]

Honours[edit]

  • Premier Soccer League:
 Champion: 2012/ 2013; 2014/2015; Runner-Up: 2013/2014; Third Place: 2010/2011 (Working for Kaizer Chiefs[20]).
  • Nedbank Cup:
 Champion: 2012/2013; (Working for Kaizer Chiefs[22]); 2015/2016; 2016/2017 (Working for Supersport United [40]).
  • MTN 8:
 Champion: 2014/2015; Runner-Up: 2011/2012 (Working for Kaizer Chiefs[21]).
  • Telkom Knockout:
 Champion: 2010/2011 (Working for Kaizer Chiefs[41]); Runner-Up: 2016/2017 (Working for Supersport United [40]).
  • Four Nations Tournament:
 Champion: 2018 (Working for South Africa national football team [42][43]).
  • COSAFA Cup:
 Plate Division; Champion: 2017; 2018 (Working for South Africa national football team][39]][38]).

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://www.kaizerchiefs.com/news/chiefs-is-one-of-the-fittest-in-the-league-smith/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 https://www.amazulufc.net/new-conditioning-coach-for-usuthu/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 https://www.news24.com/sport/Soccer/PSL/chiefs-to-face-old-boys-in-nedbank-cup-20170418-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 https://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/local/Category/south-africa/kaizer-chiefs-head-of-sport-science-to-join-stuart-baxter-in-turkey/212529?next=true
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 https://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/local/categories/south-africa/stuart-baxter-discusses-his-sacking-from-genclerbirligi/217399
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 https://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/Category/south-africa/lee-baxter-has-joined-supersport-united-as-goalkeeper-coach/225947?next=true&page=1
  7. https://www.goal.com/en-za/news/extra-time-supersport-united-players-react-to-caf-confed-cup/tzkooddsyfr81cm8liyqta01n
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 https://www.goal.com/en-za/news/extra-time-supersport-united-players-react-to-caf-confed-cup/tzkooddsyfr81cm8liyqta01n
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 https://www.amazulufc.net/usuthus-smith-joins-bafana-camp/
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 https://www.news24.com/citypress/sport/bafanas-behind-the-scenes-man-ntseki-shows-his-hand-20190525
  11. 11.0 11.1 https://www.heraldlive.co.za/sport/2020-07-23-ex-bafana-fitness-trainer-concerned-about-implications-of-gauteng-bio-bubble-at-altitude-for-coastal-teams/
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 https://supersport.com/general/press-releases/news/190902_New_coach_Ntseki_lays_his_Bafana_cards_bare
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 https://www.goal.com/en-ug/news/extra-time-watch-bafana-bafana-and-banyana-banyana-in-dubai/mlmn91y49ef91cmwq8m5icj89
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/sport/soccer/2018-10-11-stuart-baxter-explains-why-he-wanted-to-bring-rhulani-mokwena-to-bafana/
  15. https://www.goal.com/en/news/1659/south-africa/2010/12/04/2245036/kaizer-chiefs-3-0-orlando-pirates-amakhosi-crowned-telkom
  16. https://africanfootball.com/league-standings/29/ABSA-Premiership-2010-11/1
  17. https://africanfootball.com/league-standings/121/ABSA-Premiership-2011-12/1
  18. https://www.kickoff.com/news/articles/south-africa-news/categories/news/news/orlando-pirates-beat-kaizer-chiefs-to-win-the-mtn8-cup-final/533350
  19. https://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/categories/south-africa/kaizer-chiefs-have-won-r50-9m-since-stuart-baxter-s-arrival/208773
  20. 20.0 20.1 https://www.kaizerchiefs.com/honours/example-trophy/
  21. 21.0 21.1 https://www.kaizerchiefs.com/honours/same-trophy/
  22. 22.0 22.1 https://www.kaizerchiefs.com/honours/gold-cup/
  23. https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2014/03/29/africa/caf-champions-league/kaizer-chiefs/asv-club/1658548/
  24. https://www.kickoff.com/news/articles/local/categories/premiership/stuart-baxter-explains-decision-to-leave-kaizer-chiefs/559669
  25. https://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/local/categories/nedbank-cup/nedbank-cup-final-report-supersport-united-v-orlando-pirates-24-june-2017/272010
  26. https://www.news24.com/sport/soccer/psl/supersport-united-win-nedbank-cup-final-20160528
  27. http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/254799/stuart-baxter-tipped-as-next-bafana-coach
  28. https://www.kickoff.com/news/articles/world-news/categories/news/caf-confederation-cup/how-supersport-united-reached-the-caf-confederation-cup-final/583522
  29. https://citizen.co.za/phakaaathi/south-africa-soccer-phakaaathi-phakaaathi/1565674/tinkler-makes-changes-supersport-technical-team/
  30. https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/bafana-bafana-beat-egypt-and-shock-africa/
  31. https://www.cafonline.com/total-africa-cup-of-nations/news/bafana-bafana-eliminates-hosts-egypt-in-an-all-time-afcon-shock
  32. https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/soccer/afcon-2019-live-nigeria-vs-south-africa-bafana-quarter-final/
  33. https://twitter.com/AmaZuluFootball/status/1026697380329127936
  34. https://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/local/categories/south-africa/raymond-verheijen-part-of-the-world-football-academy-s-executive-team-has-praised-south-african-coac/154329.
  35. https://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/local/categories/south-africa/as-vita-in-mzansi-to-beat-kaizer-chiefs/157509?next=true
  36. https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/sport/soccer/2017-11-26-why-supersport-failed-to-win-caf-confed-cup/
  37. https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/2017-10-13-supersport-finally-have-a-date-for-confed-semi-second-leg-match/
  38. 38.0 38.1 https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/2017-07-07-bafana-finish-fifth-at-cosafa-cup-after-slender-win-over-namibia-in-plate-final/
  39. 39.0 39.1 https://www.safa.net/2018/06/08/bafana-bafana-win-plate-final-2018-cosafa-cup/
  40. 40.0 40.1 https://supersportunited.co.za/about/our-history/
  41. https://www.kaizerchiefs.com/honours/another-example/
  42. https://www.goal.com/en-za/news/extra-time-watch-bafana-bafana-celebrate-winning-four-nation/1updbybzbdodg1bumjl0ffklwu
  43. https://www.news24.com/sport/soccer/bafanabafana/bafana-beat-zambia-to-win-four-nations-20180324


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