There was a mis­un­der­stand­ing

Soccer Laduma - - Make Your Point -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Sakhumzi Mjolo whose emailed sub­mis­sion on Liv­ing my best life – ex­pe­ri­ences rather than stuff was se­lected by Capitec as the best story to come in from a Soc­cer Lad­uma reader. As this month’s win­ner, Sakhumzi was able to sub­mit a list of play­ers – cur­rent and leg­ends – he would like to have an­swer­ing his ques­tions. Mark Mayam­bela was on that list and was more than happy to field ques­tions sub­mit­ted to him by Sakhumzi. Soc­cer Lad­uma put Sakhumzi’s great ques­tions to Mayam­bela, which re­sulted in this in­ter­view where Mayam­bela talks about what in­spires him and the on-field in­ci­dent that took place be­tween him and Chippa United head coach, Eric Tin­kler.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Who is Mark Mayam­bela? Mark:

Well, Mark Mayam­bela is a young man that was born in Cape Town, in Khayelit­sha to be spe­cific, who grew up lov­ing and play­ing foot­ball. He grew up fall­ing in love with foot­ball on the streets of Khayelit­sha and went on to be­come a pro­fes­sional player, a house­hold name not only in Cape Town but in South Africa. He is some­one liv­ing his dream.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Where did you start de­vel­op­ing your love for soc­cer? Mark:

It was in the streets of Khayelit­sha, as I pointed out ear­lier. You know, play­ing there in the streets is where not only my­self but a lot of other soc­cer play­ers start to de­velop that love for play­ing. We all fell in love with how we would all come to­gether to en­joy those lit­tle matches. Well, those were com­pet­i­tive games for us and we en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: What in­spires you to wake up, go to the field and play good foot­ball? Mark:

That would be my fam­ily and my fam­ily’s well­be­ing, know­ing that I am a bread­win­ner at home, know­ing that they look up to me. Also, the as­pir­ing young peo­ple out there who also want to be pro­fes­sion­als in what­ever ca­reer path one day, those are the peo­ple that in­spire me to do more be­cause I know that ev­ery time we play or we are out do­ing things, they are watch­ing us. It is al­ways im­por­tant for us to in­spire them be­cause, in re­turn, they in­spire us to be­come the best that we can be. Also, the love that we get from the sup­port­ers out there re­ally helps us a lot to build our con­fi­dence.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Are you a fam­ily guy? Mark:

Yes, I def­i­nitely am. I am very close to my fam­ily and I think some peo­ple have seen that from my so­cial me­dia and all that. I be­lieve that hav­ing fam­ily around you helps you to be­come the per­son that you are meant to be. It helps you to be grounded and it brings a sense of joy to you as a per­son. I re­ally love that my fam­ily have been very sup­port­ive of me and I sup­port them through any­thing. Like I said, I am the bread­win­ner in my fam­ily and I al­ways try to make sure that they have ev­ery­thing they need. I’m grate­ful that I have been able to do that for them be­cause they are the rea­son why I fight and work so hard to give them what they de­serve.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: How is be­ing cap­tain at Chippa United treat­ing you? Mark:

Well, you know, I have been en­joy­ing my­self and I am very grate­ful to the club for giv­ing me such a role and to my team­mates as well for re­ceiv­ing this de­ci­sion. This is a great role and it means a lot to me. As much as I have to be a leader, I am also learn­ing a lot ev­ery day. I am learn­ing new things ev­ery day about the guys around me and just about how to be­come bet­ter at what I do both on and off the field. It’s good and I am en­joy­ing my­self, which I think is the best part.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Who are your favourite play­ers among those you’ve played with? Mark:

Favourite play­ers that I have played with? Tjo, there are so many play­ers that I can think of. It’s quite a dif­fi­cult one to an­swer. I have had the priv­i­lege of play­ing with great play­ers. But there was a player that I played with at Bloem­fontein Celtic named Grant Smith. I think he was one of the best play­ers that I came across from that time we spent to­gether. It was un­for­tu­nate that he never went on to play foot­ball again, but he is def­i­nitely one of those play­ers that stood out for me and one that I will never for­get.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Do you prac­tise your styles or is it some­thing that you were born with? Mark:

I would say it is a bit of both. I have the God-given tal­ent and I have worked and still do work to im­prove. As they say, you can’t just rely on your tal­ent alone – you need to con­tinue find­ing ways to im­prove your­self on the field. But it’s like that with any job or ca­reer that you choose. You might have the tal­ent to do some­thing, but you also need to work hard to make sure that you do more than just do­ing well and ful­fill­ing the re­quire­ments. You have to go be­yond that and prove to oth­ers why you de­serve to be where you are.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Tell me about the feel­ing af­ter scor­ing a goal. Mark:

Ah, it’s a re­ally nice feel­ing to get that chance to score for your team and it’s even bet­ter when the team goes on to win the game. That is one of the best feel­ings in the world. Scor­ing ac­tu­ally builds you and your con­fi­dence grows as a player. It makes you want to do more and work more on your­self, so yeah, to an­swer your ques­tion, I would say it is an amaz­ing feel­ing.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Please tell me about the in­ci­dent be­tween you and Eric Tin­kler. Mark:

No, that was a heat of the mo­ment kind of in­ci­dent. It was noth­ing out of the or­di­nary, as these things hap­pen in foot­ball games. It was a big game for us. There was a lot of frus­tra­tion and there was a mis­un­der­stand­ing. I know it looked bad and I did apol­o­gise to my coach af­ter that game. We sorted the mat­ter out and we were both cooled down af­ter that. So, yeah, it was just a heat of the mo­ment sit­u­a­tion and now it is wa­ter un­der the bridge.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: Do you see your­self play­ing for Chippa un­til you re­tire? Mark:

You never know what life can throw at you, so if it hap­pens that I do stay at the team un­til I re­tire, I will be happy to do so. This team has be­come my fam­ily and I am happy here. You never know what will hap­pen in the fu­ture – maybe I will play here un­til it is time to hang up my boots.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: What’s been the best mo­ment in your foot­ball ca­reer? Mark:

I would say ev­ery day be­cause you live ev­ery day to your best. I cher­ish ev­ery mo­ment that I get to go onto the field and play the game that I love. Ev­ery day is a bless­ing and ever since I turned into a pro­fes­sional foot­baller, it has changed my life. I cher­ish ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery day of my life and I do my best to live it well. I live ev­ery day to make sure that I leave a legacy on the field.

Sakhumzi ques­tion: What is your fes­tive sea­son mes­sage to peo­ple out there? Mark:

Firstly, I think if we are talk­ing about sup­port­ers on the foot­ball side, then we have to show grat­i­tude to them for the sup­port that they give us. I be­lieve that some of them even spend their last cent to come and watch us play and that means so much to us to see how peo­ple would go out of their way to show us their sup­port. It’s our duty as foot­ballers to give them the best and to en­ter­tain them and to thank them for ev­ery­thing, you know. We are re­ally grate­ful for the love and for the sup­port. They should go on and en­joy the fes­tive sea­son and the break that they will be get­ting to spend qual­ity time with their loved ones. I know that it is a busy sea­son and, un­for­tu­nately, a lot of road ac­ci­dents hap­pen at this time of the year, so I plead with ev­ery­one to be care­ful on the roads and be aware of ev­ery­thing around them. Don’t drink and drive be­cause that is what has been tak­ing our peo­ple away. Most of all, they must just en­joy this time and we will be wait­ing to wel­come them back in the new year.

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