Student’s winning alliance

2017-07-12 06:01
Nduduzo Mfoza is forging a new life for himself in Pietermaritzburg.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Nduduzo Mfoza is forging a new life for himself in Pietermaritzburg.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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HE grew up in a KZN township, now he plays for the KZN Inland Cricket Union.

Former South African U19 cricketer­ Nduduzo Mfoza is forging a new life in Pietermaritzburg, one that combines his love of cricket with his university studies.

The left-arm spinner and a first-year student at UKZN, who is on a semi-professional contract with the KZN Inland Cricket Union, credits a bursary he received after the 2012 KZN Sunfoil Township Tournament for his success.

“Getting the bursary has meant a lot to me,” said the 20-year-old at the Oval, the headquarters of the Inland Cricket Union.

“Without that bursary I wouldn’t be where I am today. Before I got the bursary to study at Glenwood in Durban I was in the development structure and we played against many schools.

“However, I am now part of the KZN Inland setup as a semi-professional, and am studying sports management at UKZN.

“I don’t think I would be at university if it had not been for the bursary and I would not have made the SA under 19 [squad] if I had not gone to Glenwood.”

He said at Glenwood things were not easy for this Zulu­ speaking young man.

“It was very difficult to adapt. I had come from a school where we only spoke Zulu and moving to Glenwood was challenging.

“The way they did things was different to what I was used to. It took me a year to adapt.”

However, there was one area where he slotted in easily, and that was on the cricket field.

“The cricket development programme helped me prepare for sport at Glenwood because most of the stuff we had to do for cricket there we had covered as part of the cricket development programme, so it was not difficult to adapt.”

After moving to his new school, Mfoza began to shine and every year since 2012 he was chosen for the KZN U17, U19 and then Cubs teams until 2015, when he was the only KZN player in the SA U19 squad that took on Bangladesh in a series in Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

Mfoza made his debut at the fourth international at The Oval in Pietermaritzburg­ where he was the only South African bowler to complete his full allotment of 10 overs.

Despite a rampant Bangladeshi batting line-up he kept things tight, only going for 3.5 runs to the over.

In 2015 Mfoza was also selected to take part in a specialist spin-bowling camp at the Cricket South Africa Centre of Excellence in
Pretoria where, alongside with his hero, Proteas player and fellow left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso, he was coached by some of the world’s best coaches.

Mfoza doesn’t doubt what the future holds for him as he wants to play for the Proteas.

Shoaib Moosa, the Willowton Group Chief Commercial Officer, said the township cricket initiative was making great inroads in developing the sport and Mfoza is proof of this.

“We are convinced this initiative is helping the game of cricket become more popular in townships across South Africa where we feel it matters the most.

“With the right support we believe cricket will continue to be a positive force in the lives of players such as Nduduzo.

“He, and many others we have supported over the years, now have the chance to make a career out of cricket because of this programme.” - Supplied.

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