No limits to Mosehle’s dreams – Olympic gold is next on his list

2011-03-26 16:45

FC AK’s one-armed midfielder, Andries Molemo Mosehle, wishes to become to soccer what ­Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius is to athletics and what Natalie du Toit is to swimming.

 “I want to be the first player in my condition to play top-flight football in South Africa,” the 20-year-old told City Press this week.

“I get inspired every time I read about athletes like Pistorius and Du Toit, who both have the courage to take on their able-bodied counterparts. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me because football is a contact sport. I don’t want to limit ­myself.”

He was hit by a car outside his family home in Brits, North West, when he was a toddler and his left arm was amputated below the shoulder. So far, “Iniesta” – as his FC AK teammates baptised him after Spain’s 2010 World Cup star, Andreas Iniesta – has already ticked off most of the boxes on his wishlist, and now it looks like his childhood dream of playing in the Premier Soccer League is becoming reality.

The budding player caught the imagination of the country with his stunning goal in his side’s 2-1 loss to Jomo Cosmos, in a league game that was watched by a large TV audience last weekend.

He came on as a substitute with less than 10 minutes ­before full-time.

“Not many people believed in my abilities and I am grateful that FC AK has shown faith in me. Although I’ve had limited game time I am still thankful to the club for exposing me to National First Division football. I had lots of disappointments along the way and I nearly quit halfway,” he said with a glowing smile.

He also paid tribute to former Ajax Cape Town coach Steve Haupt, whom he described as “a father figure” and “one of the few coaches who believed in my abilities”.

The two worked together at Haupt’s Berea Albion academy in Pretoria between 2007 and last year.

Mosehle made his first-division debut in his side’s 5-0 drubbing of Dynamos in January and his appearance last weekend was his second this season.

“A knee injury hampered my progress. The coach (Jerobeam Koert) also said he did not want to throw me into pressure games after I had recovered.

“I hope to make the best of my second season and achieve my short-term goal of pushing for a place in the SA Under-23’s 2012 ­Olympic squad.”

As a parting shot, Mosehle said: “I hope I can achieve all my goals so that one day after I retire I can write a book about my trials and tribulations to ­inspire others who are in the same boat.”

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