Local soccer players awarded scholarships

2018-07-11 06:01
PHOTO: vuyelwa mtoloFormer Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town player, Shaun Potgieter (back) with recipients that benefited from the scholarships (front from left) Shane King, Vuyo Nungu, Troy Richters and Ross Stieger.

PHOTO: vuyelwa mtoloFormer Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town player, Shaun Potgieter (back) with recipients that benefited from the scholarships (front from left) Shane King, Vuyo Nungu, Troy Richters and Ross Stieger.

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FORMER Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town Midfielder Shaun Potgieter has awarded four local soccer stars with scholarships of R 1 500 each.

The Pietermaritzburg-born soccer player, who started playing soccer at the age of six, said this is his way of giving back to the community.

The scholarships were handed over to their recipients last Thursday at the Eastwood Library.

Players that will benefit from these scholarships are Shane King, Vuyo Nungu, Troy Richters and Ross Stieger.

The players participated in the Daroz Components and Accessories Arise and Shine Easter Tournament where they were chosen as players of the tournament in their respective age categories.

“The money goes towards their school fees. This is the initiative that we started to uplift the community. We selected one player from under nine, under 13, under 15, and under 17.

“I have always been involved in the community but now it has grown and we hope that it is going to improve. This is a good initiative because the area we come from is very disadvantaged — sometimes pupils are not able to pay school fees — so this is a way of helping out,” he said.

Eastwood ward councillor Mike Amod encouraged the youngsters to put their education first because sometimes soccer can be a short career.

“Concentrate on education so that when the football career ends you know you have something to fall back on. Education is the key to the future of young people,” he said.

He also said they have never been offered an opportunity like this in their community before, and thanked Potgieter for not forgetting his roots.

Vuyo’s father told Echo that he is very grateful for this scholarship. He said it will go a long way in assisting him financially.

“This is very encouraging for us, as parents, to support our children who are involved in sports. But they (children) need to know that education comes first. This money is going help me a lot since I am a single parent —now I know that I have one less thing to worry about. We are very grateful to Shaun,” he said.

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