Local footballer to dribble to Malaysia

2019-08-06 06:01
Tashreeq Daniels. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Tashreeq Daniels. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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A Hazendal striker is determined to add his name to the international soccer scene after his previous attempt came to a grinding halt due to financial reasons.

Tashreeq Daniels has once again been selected, with other players from high schools in areas such as Hanover Park and Manenberg, to represent South Africa at this year’s Malaysia Championship which will take place in December.

He was selected during the trials in Bridgetown earlier this year.

His selection to the South African School Football squad is his second in the past two years.

The 18-year-old made the cut last year, but could not travel with the team because he did not have the necessary funds.

With the help of his mother, he is now determined to represent SA.

Daniels says he is thrilled to have been chosen to represent the country again.

The player attributes his selection to what he terms as having the “requirements for a good striker”.

“A striker has to be someone who is disciplined, dedicated, confident and is teamwork-driven. He has to be a goal scorer with stamina and be fearless. I have all of that,” says Daniels.

This Hazendal resident says he feels blessed to have been afforded another chance to represent South Africa.

His mother is working with him to make sure this time around he travels with the team.

They have embarked on fundraising initiatives, but they have not raised enough money yet.

They are appealing to the community to help where they can.

“There is a lot of potential and opportunities but like any other country we have our ups and downs,” he says.

Daniels believes his win is thanks to collective support from his teammates and Clyde Pinelands Football Club, as well as his coach Bruce Marshall.

He speaks enthusiastically of all the people who support him, and thanks them for being a great support structure and a good team to play for.

This Bridgetown High School Grade 12 learner is not only good at kicking a ball; he reveals that he is also a good dancer.

“I have participated in a number of dance competitions in high school,” he shares.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Marshall has only positive things to say about the enthusiastic Daniels.

Marshall reveals he has known the player for more than 10 years and says he is a disciplined player.

Marshall describes him as “energetic” and “eager to learn” and says that as a team they are happy that this opportunity came his way.

“He is now realising his full potential. He is very good in the poles and excellent on the ground. A real joy to be around in the group,” he says.

Daniels is confident in his skills and Marshall says that he would not be surprised if he does not return to SA after the games in Malaysia.

Marshall reckons that Daniels’s level of play will attract international coaches.

Professional teacher and head of circuit of schools in the Athlone region, Mogammat De Goede, said this is an awesome opportunity and wished all the selected boys all the best.

He will also be part of the trip.

  • To find out how you can donate, call Daniels’s mother on 064 612 1046.

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