Kaizer Chief’s Punch Masenemela

By Drum Digital
02 February 2011

AS A kid he was never encouraged to play soccer. Everyone thought it was his older brother who would have a future in the sport – as for him, his responsibility was to stay at home and herd the cattle. His dreams of a career in the game were laughed off as the foolish ideas of a boy with more imagination than sense.

Those doubters are eating their words now. Punch Masenamela is a revelation at kaizer Chiefs, and was instrumental in helping the Amakhosi to a thrilling 3-0 victory in the 2010 Telkom knockout Cup final.In front of a record crowd of 91 727 at FNB Stadium, Punch delivered a stunning cross to striker S’thembiso Ngcobo, who duly scored to send the fans into a frenzy.

He’s in such fine form that it must be just a matter of time before he gets a call-up to the national squad. But the 24-year-old defender is modest about his achievements, saying that without the help of his teammates he wouldn’t be the player he is today.

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