NEW Brighton-born 23-year-old handball player, Samkelo Dumse, went to Germany on July 31, as part of an exchange programme between the Eastern Cape and Lower Saxony.
According to the Kempa United Handball Club player, he was given an opportunity to play handball in the exchange programme between South Africa and Germany.
Dumse, who is the national captain, stated that his hard work and discipline have paid dividends. “I was introduced to handball by my teacher, Victor Rhee Hlulani, of Charles Duna Primary School. Hlulani is still my mentor because he plays an imperative role to me.
“He is very patient. I belonged to PE Vikings Handball Club of New Brighton which won the national titles four times. Now I am playing for Kempa United in KwaDwesi. I have been chosen as the best player to represent my country in Germany in the exchange programme.”
Dumse revealed that he would return on July 31, 2020. He stated that he would work very hard so that he would share all the skills that he would acquire in Lower Saxony.
“I am training the youth in KwaDwesi and I am a coach of Kempa United, a coach of Handball SA u/19 ladies’ team that played in Zambia.
“I also took part in the games that were played in Tunisia and Zambia. I am a coach of Charles Duna Primary School, where I was introduced to handball. This is my way of ploughing back into my community,” said Dumse.
Hlulani stated that Dumse was a humble, down to earth player.
“This young man makes my life easier because he is a best listener. Yes, I have other good players but Dumse excels.
“That is why he was chosen to benefit from the exchange programme. Dumse is passionate about sport. I would like to appeal to teachers to unearth talent. The youth in our communities are idle and they commit crime because they do not take part in sport.
“Parents must also encourage their children to take part in sport,” said Hlulani.