Qondakele Sompondo was born in a small town of Adelaide in the Eastern Cape where he was first introduced to the game of Rugby. But it was only after he came to Port Elizabeth Technikon in Port Elizabeth to further his studies that he blossomed as a rugby player. He played Club Rugby for Motherwell Rugby Club and made his way up to the Eastern Province Rugby Union representative teams in 1999 and 2000. He retired from the game in 2003 and started his coaching career right away with his club, Motherwell RFC at the beginning of the 2004 rugby season.
He won premier league championship and a subsequent promotion to Super League with Motherwell in his maiden season as a coach. In 2006, EP appointed him as an Assistant Coach of Peter Mkata Academy, a U-21 invitation team selected from clubs based in the townships of Port Elizabeth, a position he occupied up until 2009 season. This academy has produced majority of the African players that have went on to play Currie Cup rugby for EP. He was the Head Coach of EP U-19 from the 2007 to 2011. Under his guidance EP U-19 team have been on top of the Absa Currie Cup B-section for the 2009 and 2010 seasons respectively.
He is also a Technical Advisor to African Bombers RFC, and has led them to 3rd place finish in the 2011 Super 12 competition, won Easter Tournament, President’s cup and Quarter finals of the EPRU Grand Challenge in their maiden season. He is currently Head Coach at Rhodes University where he is also working as the Manager of Alumni and Fundraising division. Qondakele is a wonderful innovative Coach and his greatest strengths are defence, backline attack and people management.
- Motherwell RFC (2003-2010)
- Peter Mkata Rugby Academy (2006-2009)
- African Bombers RFC (2010)
- EP Kings U-19 (2007-2011)
- Rhodes University (2012-presently)
- BTech: Library Science
- National Coaching Certificate (SARU and THETA)
- IRB level II (currently doing Level III)
- IRB Sevens Coaching Course
- High Performance Certificate (International Rugby Academy)