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Lockdown delays soccer player’s progress

The 15-year-old made the KZN U16 team last year September and was not officially capped as he was unable to attend the ceremony.

THE HALT on sports globally, due to the coronavirus, is a pressing concern for Mthokozisi Nqweniso.  The 15-year-old made the KZN U16 team last year September and was not officially capped as he was unable to attend the ceremony.

“I feel like the lockdown has paused my goal which will eventually lower my chances of achieving it,” he said.

The Durban Academy High School (DAHS) Grade 11 learner said even though his proudest achievement seems out of reach currently, soccer remains his passion and is not in the least deterred about playing it in the future.

“I basically love and enjoy soccer a lot. I’m proud of being chosen to be on the KZN squad and being the goalkeeper of the season in my team. I hope to play for a professional team and play for the South African squad one day,” he said.

Mthokosizi said he owed his parents and family a huge deal because of the support and encouragement they give him. Kaizer Chief’s Itumeleng Khune is the goalie he looks up to the most.

“Every time I watch a soccer game, I think about how much I would like to be on TV doing what I love and enjoy.”

Sports co-ordinator at DAHS, Naseed Abrahams, said Mthokozisi has been the first team’s goalkeeper from the time he was in Grade 8. He also plays senior football for a club in Lamontville,” he said.

With accounting as this lad’s favourite subject at school, there is no doubt that his future fortunes will be in safe hands.



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