Zama liv­ing a dream life

Sunday World - - World Of Sport - TSHEPANG MAILWANE

IT’S been two months since Zama Ram­buwane left South Africa to ply his trade in Israel and, by the sounds of it, the 19-yearold is hav­ing a good time.

With the help of Zam­bian-born team­mate Em­manuel Em­bola, the for­mer Su­perS­port United mid­fielder has been able to set­tle in the Mid­dle East­ern coun­try and at his club Hapoel Ra’anana, an out­fit es­tab­lished in 1938 and based in Ne­tanya.

The Alexan­dra-born mid­fielder joins Tsepo Masilela, Bevan Frans­man and Dino Ndlovu on the list of South Africans who have played in Israel.

Israel is a very good coun­try and a coun­try pas­sion­ate about foot­ball. I have set­tled in quickly be­cause the peo­ple I have met are friendly. It helped me to per­form be­cause I felt wel­comed and happy. In my free time I do ex­tra work in the gym and I play video games. I am still learn­ing the lan­guage, said Ram­buwane.

The guy who made me set­tle in well is my team­mate from Zam­bia, Em­manuel Em­bola. I have played four games and I would say the league is strong. It’s a big club and a good team. I would com­pare it with Ajax.”

Ram­buwane, who joined the Su­perS­port academy in 2012, made his PSL de­but last sea­son un­der for­mer Mat­sat­santsa coach Gor­don Ige­sund and played a cou­ple of matches when Stuart Bax­ter was ap­pointed in Jan­uary.

Im­pressed by what they saw from Ram­buwane while on trial, Ra’anana signed the young­ster on a sea­son-long loan, with an op­tion to make it per­ma­nent.

I was very happy be­cause play­ing over­seas has been my dream. I kept telling my­self that I would work hard till I go over­seas. I was ner­vous, but it was some­thing that I wanted all my life, so I put my nerves aside and did my best,” he said. Ra’anana fin­ished sixth in the Is­raeli Pre­mier League last sea­son and they are 11th in the cur­rent cam­paign af­ter six matches.

Ram­buwane, who has been in and out of the na­tional un­der-20 team, is hop­ing na­tional se­lec­tors are keep­ing a close eye on him.

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