Northwood prop excited to join Sharks

2015-01-07 00:00

AFTER becoming Northwood High School’s first ever rugby player to be selected for the SA Schools side last year, loosehead prop Ngoni Chidoma is relishing the prospect of playing for the Sharks in the future.

Chidoma, who just finished his matric at the Durban North school, earned a junior contract with the Durban outfit for his outstanding performances in the Northwood, KZN Craven Week and SA Schools sides last year.

“I signed with the Sharks mid-way through last year and I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Chidoma told The Witness yesterday.

Having received his exam results, where he earned a matric exemption with an A and two Bs, Chidoma has already started training for the season ahead.

“We started training in a high performance group. There are guys from the Vodacom Cup squad as well as U21 and U19 guys involved, so we are not quite sure what team we will be playing for,” he said.

Chidoma pushed his way into the SA Schools side with the help of Northwood’s 1st XV coach Grant Bashford and his coaching staff, and the burly loosehead said he was happy to play for any of the Sharks sides this year.

“Whatever team I play, God knows the plan so I just want to make a good impression and work hard.”

Although he was coy, Chidoma does have some goals set out.

“Our coach has encouraged us to work towards making the SA U20 side. It may look easy when we are out there playing, but there is a lot of hard work and not a lot of rest being a professional,” the 18-year-old said.

Chidoma is also inspired by players like 19-year-old Sharks prop Thomas du Toit, who played in the Currie Cup. The two have played against each other before in the U16 Grant Khomo Week.

“He is an inspiration, he shows what came be achieved through hard work.”

Rugby may be his life, but the Zimbabwean-born prop is keen to get cracking on his studies. As a member of the Sharks Academy, Chidoma wants to study a BCom marketing degree before branching out into law.

What is more, Chidoma is set to rub shoulders with his favourite player, Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, at some stage of the year.

“When I see him, I’ll definitely have a good chat,” the young prop said.

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