‘Ace’ returns to former primary school

2016-09-21 06:00
PHOTO: sourced Phumelele “Ace” Bhengu.

PHOTO: sourced Phumelele “Ace” Bhengu.

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THE former South African 23, Moroka Swallows and Thanda Royal Zulu player Phumelele “Ace” Bhengu may seem unlucky to many, but his community in Swayimana (near Wartburg) appear to be the luckiest.

Last week Bhengu remembered his old primary school and the well travelled striker, who last season played for SuperSport United, donated uniforms, soccer balls and a soccer kit to Kwenzakwethu Primary School pupils. Principal S.Z. Mbatha said the entire school came to a standstill when Ace entered the premises with a load of goodies.
“The excitement and the atmosphere was just unbelievable and out of this World. We just love him, he is our big brother, father figure and a good role model for our children and the community,” said Mbatha.

Bhengu said he decided to visit his former school and give back to his community so that young children can learn from him.

“I just wanted to show them that this is where it all started. I was once a small boy running and kicking the ball around on the same premises and for the same school.

“Heroes are not heroes if they don’t return home and give back to uplift their communities.”

Bhengu says his dream is to start an annual tournament to honour his community and show the country that there are many quality players in Swayimana.

“If I can start an annual event like that we will attract a lot of talent scouts to our area and more players will come out from the area.”

Bhengu had an unhappy spell at United (Pretoria) last season and recently joined the local NFD outfit Royal Eagles.

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