‘Litsha lad makes mark

2015-09-17 06:00

Xolisa Guma on his way to scoring one of his best tries thus far.

Xolisa Guma on his way to scoring one of his best tries thus far.

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It is a fact, hard work and dedication takes you to higher planes and this rings true for Khayelitsha’s rising rugby star, Xolisa Guma.

Guma,18, is already a name that rugby historians are beginning to familiarise themselves with, is gaining applause with each games he plays.

He rose through the ranks playing for Swaartland High, becoming the first black player to make it into a Boland provincial team at the tender age of 16 in 2013.

Fast forward to 2015, and Guma has moved on to be the toast of Maritzburg High in KwaZulu Natal where he excels in the wing position.

The Grade 11 learner also plays for Sharks Under-18 side and is hopeful that soon he will break into the first team.

His dedication has seen him drafted into the Craven Week under-18 teams for two successive years.

“I know my dreams are big and that I must work hard to achieve them,” he said.

Asked why he opted to accept a KZN scholarship, Guma, said he “wanted to get out of the comfort zone(of home advantage) and explore(the world)”.

“When Sharks came for me, I saw this a s the biggest opportunity for me. I am sending a message that a boy from Khayelitsha can also do this,” he said. Listening to Guma speak, you would be forgiven for mistaking him for a motivational speaker. He is passionate about “unearthing role models who can boast about being born and raised in Khayelitsha”.

Taking us to his important victory where Sharks met the Golden Lions in the U18 Craven Week final at Stellebosch, Guma shows us yet a sign of a young man who believes in God.

“It was a tough game and I had a lots of missed opportunities. The clock was ticking, I prayed to God to help me,” he said.

In the crowd there was his mom, Nyamie, who had come with rest of the extended family to see Guma play top notch rugby.

With the Lions leading 13-10 the tall, lean winger received the ball on the halfway line, gassed away from the first defender, before unleashing a brutal step to get past his opposite wing, just inside the touchline.

The cross-field defence couldn’t get to him in time and he scored in the corner.

“My family was sitting in the stands, so it was a very special moment for me. It’s the greatest try I’ve ever scored. But the credit must go to God, my teammates and the coaching staff, because we worked really hard for this victory

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