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Professional soccer star Vince Kobola rises to the top despite challenges

By Faeza
10 August 2016

AUTHOR BONGANI MDAKANE

VINCENT KOBOLA

Talented defender and former SA Under 23 team, Vincent Kobola, 31, who hails from Seshego outside Polokwane in Limpopo is a force to be reckoned with.

Due to his passion to become one of the top players in Mzansi, Vincent worked hard to get to the top.

He was scouted by Ria Stars when he was just 11-years-old and his ambition to be a great soccer player where molded while he was playing for Ria Stars Under 12.

FROM DUST TO GLORY

When he was still playing in the dusty streets of Seshego, Vincent was spotted by the talents scouts while paying in the soccer tournament for the school he attended, Boiketlo Primary School.

“I had a passion of being one of the top footballers in the country, and I was given an opportunity to be a player of Ria Stars Under 12. Through my courage and commitment on the soccer pitch, I was scouted by Jerry Ramohlale of Tshiamo Sports Academy, and this is where I met the likes of Hlompho Kekana, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Tlou Segolela and Lehlohonolo Masalesa. They gave me an advice on how I should become a great soccer player. I was very grateful to be at the academy,” he says.

Vince later joined Supersport/Feyenoord Academy in Joburg, and this is where his star started to rise.

“I caught the eye of the former coach, Gavin Hunt, who took me under his wing at Moroka Swallows, and I did my best to be in the first team. I realised that I wouldn’t miss the opportunity, and all sailed smooth as I became a regular in the starting line up of the team,” he says.

EXPLORING THE MAJOR LEAGUE

Vince later joined Jomo Cosmos and also became a play maker at the University of Pretoria as well as Mpumalanga Black Aces, which was later sold to Cape Town City FC.

However, his star rose when the Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Khomphela, who was the mentor of the SA Under 23 soccer team.

“I really appreciated the opportunity that bro Steve gave me, as that helped me to improve my game and skills. I started everything from nowhere, but later I realised that my talent would take me far,” he says.

FAMILY MAN AND PROUD FATHER

VINCENT KOBOLA AND WIFE VINCENT KOBOLA KIDS

Even though many soccer stars are busy scoring women and cheating on their girlfriends, Vince is a committed family man. He is married to Mmapholo Kobola, and they are blessed with two beautiful girls, Rorisang, 4, and and Reatile who is 1 year, 3 months.

“I am proud that I managed to build my own family and I really appreciate the fact that this also made me to be more focused. In life, we should pride ourselves as family people, and my wife and kids really complete me,” he says.

Vince also says he is grateful to people like Innocent Mayoyo, coach Mushin Etugral, his manager, Jazzman Mahlagane, Steve Khomphela and his parents.

“If it wasn’t for their love and courage, I would be where I am today. These people played a major role in my career, as they taught me to be disciplined,” he concludes.