Beating the odds

2015-07-07 06:00
Teen soccer star Sne Shozi.
 Photo: supplied

Teen soccer star Sne Shozi. Photo: supplied

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LIKE all teenage girls, Sne Shozi loves hanging out with friends, dressing up and going out.

However what sets her apart from the rest is the fact that she is one of the best soccer players in the Upper Highway area.

Born in Kwanyuswa, Pinetown, Shozi said that she used to accompany her two brothers to their soccer training and fell in love with the sport.

“When I started training I could not stop and wanted to achieve stardom,” she said with a smile.

Shozi has many titles under her belt some of which include, top goal scorer in primary school, player of the tournament at high school and she was selected for the KZN U19 team in 2013 and 2014.

In addition she was awarded a scholarship at Kloof High School through my development club, Barcelona, selected for the SA U17 team in 2013, selected for the SA U19 team in 2014 and was selected for the SA U20 team in 2015.

Apart from working towards her goal of becoming a famous soccer star, this 18-year-old also loves playing rugby, touch rugby, volleyball, participating in adventure racing and enjoys listening to music.

Her goals for the future are to play for Banyana Banyana and to run her own team. She also wants to study to become a soccer administrator after matric.

During the school holidays Shozi will be participating in the KZN rugby camp and the outreach programme at Kloof Senior Primary for three days coaching U13 Touch Rugby.

She will also be taking part in the a two-day tournament sponsored by Kaizer Chiefs soccer player Sboniso Gaxa.

Her message to other girls who want to play soccer is: “I would like to tell the girls that soccer is a nice and easy sport to do and it keeps you fit and healthy. However you have to commit yourself if you want to become a good Soccer player and it is important to always listen to your coach.”

“Work hard for what you want to achieve in life if you want to play for the national team. Train hard, respect, and commit yourself to soccer,” she added.

Shozi’s coach Lewis Donnelly (Ekaya Academy Coach) said that Snenhlanhla Tru Love Shozi is a development player who has taken her raw talent and gift of sport and channelled it in the right direction.

“She appreciates every aspect of opportunity and has been transformed from her underprivileged and rural background to being part of a top institution that is Kloof High School. This has made life easier for her to blend into this competitive environment.

“As a player I have seen her grow from a young player to now a matured, disciplined young lady who has a bright future.”

He added that, “Sne is dedicated and we are now managing her education as a priority to put her on the right pathway to greener pastures with a balance in life as Soccer has a short career.

“I cannot say much about her achievements as the awards speak for themselves and with our guidance in the Academy she will reach her goals.

“She is a great player to work with, she is one of the top players of her age group in Kwazulu Natal province, and she is a blessing to Kloof high School,” he said

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