Phakaaathi Reporter
2 minute read
13 Nov 2017
4:20 pm

Dikwena striker given study leave

Phakaaathi Reporter

Platinum Stars have given striker Benson Shilongo a week off to focus on his studies.

Benson Shilongo (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The Namibian striker is currently in Windhoek, where he is writing exams. Shilongo is studying towards a B.Com degree with Regent Business School.

“Education is very important so I am preparing for my future and life after football. I am studying towards a become degree. I am studying at Regent Business School. It’s a South African institution but they have a faculty in Namibia. I am writing three papers – Marketing management, Financial management and Entrepreneurship. Hopefully I will complete next year,” said Shilongo.

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“It’s a challenge to juggle football and school. Sometimes you are tired from work. It’s a just a matter of finding the right balance between football and school. Once you get opportunity to study you have to take it. You have to take it step by step, and eventually you will complete. We are not growing any younger, so you will need something to fall back on.”

Shilongo has not featured prominently for Dikwena this season, and says it’s due because of an injury he suffered earlier in the season.

“It’s been a tough time. I started the season and I got a groin injury in the first game. It hampered my progress because it took me nearly seven weeks to heal.

“When I healed it was difficult to get back into the team. The coach has assured me that my chance will come, so I just need to keep on working hard. Coming from injury is not easy to just walk into the team.

“I did well last season, so I want to continue, but I am waiting for my opportunity. The team hasn’t done well, but we have been coming right lately. It’s just a matter of getting maximum points. We have to graft and get the results,” commented Shilongo.