Bon­gani Sam

The Ned­bank Cup Ke Yona prod­uct has paid his dues, ris­ing through the ranks as he fi­nally gets his chance to shine in the big-time with Bloem­fontein Celtic.

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What has kept you go­ing this long in foot­ball?

I am grate­ful and thank­ful for foot­ball. Ev­ery­thing I have to­day is be­cause of foot­ball. Peo­ple know me when I go to a shop and that’s be­cause of foot­ball – I know that it’s not be­cause of me. I think some play­ers start think­ing dif­fer­ently once there’s a lit­tle bit of fame. I think the big­gest thing for me is re­spect­ing the game and to con­tinue do­ing things that have been work­ing for me, like go­ing to train­ing early and leav­ing last. Those are the type of things that are a part of me. It’s about re­spect­ing the game and not tak­ing it for granted. That’s why I have been able to play for as long as I have been play­ing, be­cause I have al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated the game.

Has your up­bring­ing played a role in terms of your dis­ci­pline and work ethic?

Ab­so­lutely. I grew up with my granny, with my par­ents al­ways around me. My mom, my aunts … ev­ery­body played a cru­cial part in my up­bring­ing. So it’s all about val­ues that were in­stilled, and I ob­vi­ously ap­pre­ci­ate all the lit­tle things that made life con­ve­nient grow­ing up. See­ing how some of the grinds I had turned out, it makes me grate­ful for what I have. I am not look­ing down on any­body, but you just have to ap­pre­ci­ate the things you have in life and the things you have ob­tained. I think also the im­por­tant part was go­ing to school, which taught me many life skills. Al­ways do­ing my school work and home­work also helped me be­come the per­son I am to­day.

How well do you think Chippa can do this sea­son?

The club is eight years old and it’s com­pet­ing with clubs that have been around for a long time. We have to start some­where, and we have to thank the chair­man for start­ing a club for play­ers who have dreams. I joined them be­cause I knew all those things. I am here for a rea­son and to see how best I can help. Ev­ery­body has to be pa­tient, so it’s about tak­ing it one game at a time and one day at a time. A top eight place will be the first prize for the club this sea­son.

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