Pretty ready to represent WC

2017-07-06 06:00
All smiles as Pretty Fokwani (middle) flanked by teacher Eric Klass and dad Mzameni Lifele. Fokwani will be representing the province as part of the under 19 women’s team that will play in the provincial tornament in durban this week. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

All smiles as Pretty Fokwani (middle) flanked by teacher Eric Klass and dad Mzameni Lifele. Fokwani will be representing the province as part of the under 19 women’s team that will play in the provincial tornament in durban this week. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Lathitha School of Skill is hoping that its star defender will shine as she will represent the province in Durban this month.

Pretty Fokwani, 18, has been selected to play for the Western Cape Province female soccer under-19 team.

The tournament will take place fom Sunday July to Friday July 14 and the central defender just can’t wait to prove her metal.

Fokwani said that she had to undergo three trials to get a go- ahead to join the team and she wants to secure her position.

“I am very excited about travelling out of Cape Town to represent my province. I am nervous but I just want to go there and perform well.

“This is going to be the first time I travel to with a pick team and I am looking forward to it,” she said.

Fokwani said she started playing soccer while she was a learner at Mpendulo Primary School in Makhaza where she stays.

She said she fell in love with the beautiful game after seeing her schoolmates play and she “took into it like a fish into water”.

“Its a fun game to play and we have seen people coming from our areas and making a success out of their lives. That is also my ambition, to play professionally and support my family through sport ,” she said.

She counts Kaizer Chiefs winger Siphiwe Tshabalala as he favourite player and inspiration.

“I love the way that he plays, his skill and his ability. He also happens to play for my favourite team,” she giggled.

She said she hopes to play for Banyana Banyana in the future despite the fact that she feels like female soccer is not taken as seriously as the male game.

Her father, Mzameni Lifele, said he was very proud of their daughter and they only require her to do her best.

“We just want her to go there and play well for the team. I cannot believe that my daughter will be representing the province. We are very proud of her,” he said.

Teacher Eric Klass said the school was also very proud of Fokwani and hope that bigger teams will be looking out for her during the competition.

“It is about time now that she gets noticed by bigger teams so that she can be closer to her dreams. We are very happy that she will be going there to represent our school,” he said.

Klass had visited Fokwani to “surprise” her with soccer boots, shin guards and tracksuits she didn’t have but were required for the competition.

“We need people to support children that come from poor homes as they often cant afford to buy sporting gear,” he said.

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