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.
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.