Chippa star makes SA sec­ond home

Ns­abiyumva is grate­ful to God to be in the coun­try

Sunday World - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

It is no child’s play for any teenager to adapt to life in a dif­fer­ent coun­try thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away from home.

And Bu­run­dian-born Chippa United de­fender Frédéric Ns­abiyumva is no spe­cial case. The lanky cen­tre-back ar­rived in SA to play for Jomo Cos­mos at the ten­der age of 18 in 2013.

While ad­mit­ting that ac­cul­tur­at­ing to the South African way of liv­ing was dif­fi­cult, Ns­abiyumva, now 23, thanks his for­mer Cos­mos and Kaizer Chiefs com­pa­triot Valery Na­hayo for ad­vis­ing him about how he should make SA his sec­ond home.

“It’s al­ways a moun­tain to climb to start a new life, but it’s even tough[er] when you do it in an­other coun­try. Na­hayo made my life a lit­tle bit eas­ier. He told me what to ex­pect when I joined Cos­mos,” Ns­abiyumva said.

“It helped me that he also played for Cos­mos and was a cen­tre-back as well. Bu­rundi is a small coun­try and South Africa is big and devel­oped, so it’s a dif­fer­ent life al­to­gether.”

The Chilli Boys de­fender en­joys spend­ing his spare time on the beach with fi­ancée Ly­dia Kanyambo, who is also Bu­run­dian.

“I don’t go out a lot but when it hap­pens, I go to the beach with my fi­ancée. Dur­ing my stay in Johannesburg I missed walk­ing on the beach but now I am happy that I am in East Lon­don with Chippa.

“Ev­ery Sun­day when we are not play­ing I go to church. I am a faith­ful mem­ber of the Catholic Church. God has helped me in many ways in my life. It’s through Him that I am here­inSouthAfrica.I’ll­fore­ver­be­grate­ful.”

Ns­abiyumva may not have adapted to the SA life­style as quick as he would have loved but his sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion saw him be­ing se­lected as Ezenkosi cap­tain barely three years of be­ing in the coun­try.

On Fri­day, he fea­tured in Bu­rundi’s Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier fix­ture against Mali. The match ended goal­less.

Frédéric Ns­abiyumva and his fi­ancée Ly­dia Kanyambo are both Bu­run­dian.

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