Kloof’s soccer STAR

2015-09-22 06:00
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Soccer pro Goodwill Bhengu.

PHOTO: supplied Soccer pro Goodwill Bhengu.

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LOOF High School’s soccer pro, Goodwill Bhengu (15), said his love for soccer began at a young age. “I started playing soccer at the age of six. At primary school we were only allowed to play soccer from Grade 3 and it was in that year that I won the Player of the Year award and continued to receive the same award in the years that followed. In Grade 7 I was selected to play for KZN as well as getting­ the Player of Year award. In Grade 8 I was selected for KZN and now again in Grade 9.

He said being on the soccer field solves most of his problems especially when he is not in a good mood.

“What inspires me is how sometimes when I’m not feeling okay I would just step onto the field and all of my problems would go away, but it is not just a problem-solver, it is also for the love of the game. Besides soccer I also enjoy athletics and playing rugby, both of which I am good at.

“I see myself playing for a professional soccer club and going to university to study sports management when I matriculate.”

For the upcoming school holidays his wish is to be part of the soccer tournament to be held in Gauteng.

“If I am able to pay the full amount I want to spend my school holidays at the soccer tournament in Gauteng with the KZN team. We will be playing against other provinces and I hope I get ‘seen’ there.”

His message to boys who want to play soccer: “If you really want to play professional soccer the first thing you have to do is have a good attitude because that also shows where you come from and how you are treated. I was told by my coach, Mr Lewis Donnelly, that to play soccer you have to play with your mind.

“He always encourages us to better ourselves no matter what our age and now I have the privilege of playing in my school’s first team soccer squad. My quote that keeps me going is

- I aspire to inspire until I expire and don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong.

“Soccer is not fake, it is a feeling, a passion, a lifestyle – if you don’t eat, sleep, breathe soccer you are not a true player. I have worked hard to get where I am today and you can too.”

Kloof High School’s marketing director­, Janet Brodey said: “Goodwill is a divine young man who is an inspiration. He wears a different motivational badge on his blazer every day and is always smiling. He comes from an under-privileged background so any companies or people who are willing to sponsor towards his tour costs to Gauteng for the KZN team would be awesome.”

To sponsor towards Goodwill’s soccer tour, contact Kloof High school on 031 764 0451

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