Future star gets the nod

2018-06-26 06:00
From right to left are Ashraf Joseph, the club’s chairperson, Deen Breda, Hashiem Samsodien, head coach and Deen’s mother Mandy Kemp.

From right to left are Ashraf Joseph, the club’s chairperson, Deen Breda, Hashiem Samsodien, head coach and Deen’s mother Mandy Kemp.

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A Manenberg rugby player has an opportunity to make his mark after being selected from over 300 of the most talented players, for the Western Province Academy team. Deen Breda (17) was among the excited players honoured at a capping ceremony at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday last week (20 June).

The Western Province Academy team will play in the annual Craven Week tournament scheduled to take place at Paarl Boys’ High School from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 July.

“The journey began when Deen enrolled at the Leadership College in one of the Mother City’s most notorious suburbs, Manenberg,” remembers Hashiem Samsodien, coach of the u.19 team.

He says in 2016, the Leadership College merged with Hamediehs Rugby Football Club (HRFC). The merger allowed the school to be registered with the WPFRU league and enabled the school and its learners to compete with other schools.

“After successfully progressing through several trials, the final one being against the elite trialists in Oudtshoorn, Deen was rewarded with his capping.”

Samsodien says there is an abundance of talent on the Cape Flats and surrounds but it is often overlooked. He says Deen is an exception. “These talents warrant the right platform to showcase their vast skills.

Meanwhile, Ashraf Joseph, chairperson of HRFC, expressed his pride in Deen and lauded him as being a role model not only for his talent that he possesses but for displaying the club’s values – honesty, obedience, generosity, perseverance and forgiveness­.

Deen’s mother, Mandy Kemp, was praised for her part in ensuring that the young rugby player’s talent does not go to waste.

“There’s something truly inspiring seeing a mother at a rugby game watching her son display his talents,” says Mogammad Adams, HRFC secretary.

He says Kemp was attending the Western Province u.18 trials and her son was on the field giving his best effort to impress the selectors. “As I watched her brace the bitterly cold, windy day best served by Cape Town, I realised what I was witnessing. It was the personification of what is required to provide the best of the opportunities available to your child, the sheer determination and sacrifice with the only fuel being hope,” says Adams.

“Hope for the talents of your only son being acknowledged by those in power to provide him with the opportunity to present his skills. So, to the many nameless mothers, fathers and grandparents who hope for the recognition of their child’s talents, this remarkable story is for you, to inspire you to continue to brave those cold wintry days and sacrifice as far as possible to transfer hope into happiness.”

Adams adds that it was a remarkable accomplishment that, as a Muslim, some of Deen’s trials took place during the holy month of Ramadan, meaning he was fasting at the time.

A Manenberg rugby player has an opportunity to make his mark after being selected from over 300 of the most talented players, for the Western Province Academy team. Deen Breda (17) was among the excited players honoured at a capping ceremony at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday last week (20 June).

The Western Province Academy team will play in the annual Craven Week tournament scheduled to take place at Paarl Boys’ High School from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 July.

“The journey began when Deen enrolled at the Leadership College in one of the Mother City’s most notorious suburbs, Manenberg,” remembers Hashiem Samsodien, coach of the u.19 team.

He says in 2016, the Leadership College merged with Hamediehs Rugby Football Club (HRFC). The merger allowed the school to be registered with the WPFRU league and enabled the school and its learners to compete with other schools.

“After successfully progressing through several trials, the final one being against the elite trialists in Oudtshoorn, Deen was rewarded with his capping.”

Samsodien says there is an abundance of talent on the Cape Flats and surrounds but it is often overlooked. He says Deen is an exception. “These talents warrant the right platform to showcase their vast skills.

Meanwhile, Ashraf Joseph, chairperson of HRFC, expressed his pride in Deen and lauded him as being a role model not only for his talent that he possesses but for displaying the club’s values – honesty, obedience, generosity, perseverance and forgiveness­.

Deen’s mother, Mandy Kemp, was praised for her part in ensuring that the young rugby player’s talent does not go to waste. “There’s something truly inspiring seeing a mother at a rugby game watching her son display his talents,” says Mogammad Adams, HRFC secretary.

He says Kemp was attending the Western Province u.18 trials and her son was on the field giving his best effort to impress the selectors. “As I watched her brace the bitterly cold, windy day best served by Cape Town, I realised what I was witnessing. It was the personification of what is required to provide the best of the opportunities available to your child, the sheer determination and sacrifice with the only fuel being hope,” says Adams. “Hope for the talents of your only son being acknowledged by those in power to provide him with the opportunity to present his skills. So, to the many nameless mothers, fathers and grandparents who hope for the recognition of their child’s talents, this remarkable story is for you, to inspire you to continue to brave those cold wintry days and sacrifice as far as possible to transfer hope into happiness.”

Adams adds that it was a remarkable accomplishment that, as a Muslim, some of Deen’s trials took place during the holy month of Ramadan, meaning he was fasting at the time.

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