Lucky break for Baloyi

2011-11-12 20:36

Many young players fail to crack it in the professional ranks because of lack of support from their families.

But 20-year-old midfielder Lucky Baloyi has paid tribute to his parents for always being there for him.

The Kaizer Chiefs’ midfielder says his parents’ support is priceless and whenever he goes onto the pitch, he thinks of them – which makes him go all out in order not to let them down.

“My parents always call me before and after every game to encourage me. That has gone a long way towards boosting my confidence. They have been very supportive – every youngster needs this kind of support to crack it,” said Baloyi.

He encourages other parents to give their children the same kind of support to help players believe in themselves.

Chiefs’ coach Vladimir “VV” Vermezovic might be swimming in troubled waters at the club but he deserves to be credited for unleashing Baloyi.

“VV” has shown his confidence in the midfielder and has predicted a bright future for the Mokopane-born midfielder.

When Baloyi was promoted to the first team last season, he never thought he would soon be a household name in South African football, especially after only two appearances.

But he got a lucky break earlier this season when he was called in to fill Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s big shoes after the Bafana midfielder was injured.

Baloyi has barely put a foot wrong this season, capping his brilliant start to the season with two goals – against Black Leopards and Platinum Stars.

His impressive performances have kept the fit-again Bafana midfielder Letsholonyane on the bench.

But modest Baloyi does not believe he has arrived yet, saying: “This is a dream come true. When I was growing up I never thought one day I would be wearing the Chiefs jersey.

“Playing for Chiefs means everything to me and I am enjoying every minute.”

He said senior players such as Tinashe Nengomasha, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Letsholonyane have helped improve his game.

Baloyi revealed that when he joined Chiefs’ youth structure in 2005 he played as a central defender.

It was former assistant coach Fani Madida who changed his position to that of centre midfield .

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