Soccer star Bryce Moon in town for Christmas

2009-12-29 00:00

IT’S not an illusion and you’re not seeing things.

It really is world-class soccer player Bryce Moon who is back in Pietermaritzburg for a week to spend time with his family and friends over the Christmas season.

Moon, who admits that he’s still trying to get used to people who go crazy at the sight of him, was given a hero’s welcome in Woodlands last week where a spit braai was held in his honour.

“It’s fantastic. People are always excited to see me and I’m just as excited to be back.

“And to get people who are older than me asking for my autograph is still surreal,” he said.

Moon is excited about the prospect of playing in next year’s Soccer World Cup and is confident that Bafana Bafana will place well in the tournament.

“Hopefully I will be playing, because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.

Dubbed “Scooter” in recognition of his blazing pace on the pitch, Moon has nothing but praise for national soccer coach Carlos Alberto Perreira, saying: “He’s a fantastic coach who has given me good advice in my career and helped me a lot in my decision-making.

“He’s good for the country.”

Moon admits he’s had a tough year. Although he is still signed with Greek Super League club, he is currently on a season-long loan to PAOK FC.

On June 30, Moon was behind the wheel when he was involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old pedestrian.

Moon sustained minor injuries and is out on bail facing culpable homicide charges.

“I hurt my ankle and was out for some time, but now I’m back, everything’s good and I’m looking forward to making a comeback,” he said.

Moon made his first appearance in a national squad when he captained SA’s under-14 team. He was then only 13 years old.

His football career blossomed and he went on to join the SA under-23 side before becoming a full-on international player.

Having already enjoyed successful stints with Maritzburg United, Ajax Cape Town and Northern Ireland’s Coleraine, the talented 23-year-old has a promising career ahead of him.

What advice would he give to youngsters who aspire to follow in his footsteps, The Witness asked him.

“You need to have a dream as a young person growing up …

“Nothing can ever be too far- fetched if you really want it and make the effort,” said Moon.

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