Taygen selected for Africa All Stars

2019-08-14 06:00
TaygenMollentze in action at a hockey game.PHOTO: supplied

TaygenMollentze in action at a hockey game.PHOTO: supplied

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SELECTED for the Indoor Hockey African All Stars team, Taygen Mollentze (16) from St Charles School will travel to Germany and Holland in January to compete on the world stage as the only Pietermaritzburg player to be selected.

Representing the Midlands Stallions in the PSI Tournament in Cape Town, Taygen was among the best players of the tournament who were selected to represent Africa next year.

Playing from the time he was 10 years old, Taygen has represented KwaZulu-Natal multiple times in various age categories, and has continued to play despite suffering from a heart attack.

Speaking to his father Ray Mollentze, the Maritzburg Fever was told that Taygen hopes to play professionally one day and that being able to represent not only South Africa but Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which he cannot miss.

“The trip overseas for Taygen requires a lot of money from our side and we have raised R27 000 thus far but are still very far off the total that we need, which if we have to estimate, roughly means we still need about R25 000,” said Mollentze.

Mollentze has raised funds through raffles and via sponsors, and will again look to the community for further help as he tries to make his son’s dream a reality. “At first my son did not want to go because he is an understanding boy who didn’t want to put us in a financial bind but I told him that I will make it my goal for him to be able to take advantage of this opportunity he has,” said Mollentze.

Mollentze said that Taygen is raring to go and is hard at work practising constantly to sharpen his skills.

Those looking to assist Taygen in reaching his dream can contact Mollentze on 072 908 1370.


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