“We have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat, together, a team.”

Our Coaches

ESM employs two full time UEFA B qualified coaches. In addition, our international relationships allow us to benefit from visiting coaches from England and Europe throughout the season.

Aleksandar Kocic

is originally from Serbia but grew up in South Africa for most of his life. He has been coaching at The Sporting CP Academy in Johannesburg for the last three years which included 5 international tours. In addition to his SAFA License, he obtained specialized coach certification from Sporting CP in Lisbon, Portugal. Aleksandar has played football at high levels both in Serbia and South Africa which included College Soccer at Wits University. After finishing his Honors degree in International Relations he switched his focus to coaching both youth and senior teams in Johannesburg. Aleksandar is passionate about youth development and believes in the power of sport to educate young athletes about important life skills.

Nuno Sampaio

is a Portuguese coach. He holds a EUFA B license, along with a Masters degree in Sports Science, specializing in Football from UTAD. Before joining ESM, Nuno spent 8 years coaching with Portuguese’s Vitoria Sport Clube across the entire youth academy from U10 up to U18. He has also spent time coaching youth football in China and Saudi Arabia. He is passionate about football, and approaches training with focus and high expectations for his players.