Andries Mosehle: Local Soccer’s one-armed wonder

By Drum Digital
05 May 2011

SHE stands in the tunnel of the Eldorado Park Stadium in Joburg before one of the National First Division's (NFD) most anticipated encounters, all the painful memories of the countless times he'd been scorned flash through his mind. Andries Mosehle is the only one-armed professional soccer player in South Africa – a disfigurement due to a childhood accident that has forced him to endure ridicule wherever he has played. Yet here he is in FC AK colours about to walk onto the field and face tough NFD log leaders Jomo Cosmos.

With less than 10 minutes left and Cosmos leading 2-0, the coach gives substitute Andries a nod. The pitch is slippery from recent rain and the opponents are counting on Andries' imagined balance disadvantage in the tricky conditions. But in no time the ball is at his feet and in a blur of brilliance he dazzles his way past several Cosmos defenders and blasts a rocket into the back of the Cosmos net. FC AK fans go wild – even though the final score is 2-1 to Ezenkosi. They and the live TV audience have witnessed a moment of pure genius as a bright young talent comes of age.Read the article in the Drum of 12 May 2011 – and share your views below.

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