Wartburg Kirchdorf duo off to Spain

2018-04-04 06:02
Kwazi Dlamini (left) and Thempeli Ngocobo have been selected to go to Spain to play in a soccer tournament. PHOTO: supplied

Kwazi Dlamini (left) and Thempeli Ngocobo have been selected to go to Spain to play in a soccer tournament. PHOTO: supplied

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A TRIP of a lifetime for gifted local soccer players Kwazi Dlamini and Thempeli Ngocobo to Spain’s football capitals Madrid and Barcelona, will be more business than pleasure this holiday.

Selected for the U19 Invitational PMB High Schools Soccer Team that will travel to Madrid and Barcelona to compete in a soccer tournament, the two plan on making good on their visit to Spain.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Fever, Dlamini and Ngocobo said they are very excited to see the two sides play, especially since Ngocobo is a Barcelona fan, but they stressed that the main focus of the trip is to play hard and focus on getting scouted.

“My main focus is to play my best and hopefully catch the attention of the scouts, but otherwise I am thrilled to be going there as I am a huge Barcelona supporter. We’ll be going to Barcelona’s stadium, the Camp Nou, to watch them play,” said Ngocobo.

Dlamini spoke of how it is a dream come true, all stemming from their participation in the FA Cup Schools tournament in Howick last year, where they were scouted. He said it is his dream to play professionally and one day represent his country.
“Soccer is the most important thing in my life and I really love playing. I look forward to learning the type of soccer that they play and about seeing the two stunning stadiums owned by the two best clubs in the world,” said Dlamini.

Ngocobo added that funding for the trip has been a huge issue of concern given that no organisations that they approached agreed to offer any sort of sponsorship.
“The costs for the trip have been covered entirely by our parents and we aim to make it worth it,” said Ngocobo.

“We are very proud of Kwazi and Thempeli and their success outside of school. We wish them the very best on their trip and hope they return speaking fluent Spanish! The school stands behind you and supports your achievement.
“We encourage our young men to continue their sportsmanship through humbleness” said Wartburg Kirchdorf principal Geoff Baxter.

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