If you are not sure what killing two birds with one stone means, ask Bo-Kaap’s 14-year-old who has been selected to participate in two tournaments overseas next year.
Mogammed Ri-aaz Higgins, a Grade 7 learner at Erica Primary School, has been selected to take part in the Spanish Victory Cup in Spain, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 April.
He will then take part in the Players Cup Tournament in Mississippi in the United States of America on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April.
He is a striker for Bo-Kaap Football Club. Mogammed says he was identified by the Coach Me Too organisation to compete in the Spanish Cup after his excellent performance at the Rygate Board Games u.14 Inter-Provincial Local Football Association (LFA).
His team had also won a Basil Palanyandi Inter-LFA u.14 tournament. He says soccer is his passion and going to play overseas would be a dream come true.
He hopes to become the best striker and play for an international club one day.
“Being selected to play in an international arena is a great opportunity for me. As a young person it will help me develop within the game and get a chance to play against different footballing styles from around the world. This trip will give me the chance to experience life beyond the Cape Flats and the opportunity to experience growth and start to pave the road to my future,” says Mogammed.
He is excited about boarding a plane for the first time and competing with kids his own age from around the world.
His excitement got him to start practising already, almost every day, and he hopes to participate in local tournaments.
However, he says he will not let his love for soccer interfere with his academics.
He says: “Education is very important to me. Without proper schooling I won’t develop mentally; the school will equip me with the skills I need to succeed. As for soccer, I can only be the best if I practise and put my best forward.”
Mogammed needs a total of R44 784 to make both trips a reality, and appeals to anyone who may help to donate towards his dream. The fee excludes kit, meals and pocket money for each trip. He has so far received R8 000 in donations.
He and his six other family members depend on the single income of his mother, Shehaam Fredericks.
Fredericks explains: “I am a full-time worker and the only one working in the household. I cannot afford to pay for both tournaments. I believe that Mogammed has been given a great opportunity. Thus, I am asking for help from the community to help me get Mogammed to the tournaments.”