Opportunity knocks for Whittlesea soccer star

MZWANELE Jwaqa is the latest soccer player from the Chris Hani District to be selected to showcase his talents at the Free State Stars Football Club.


SHINING STAR: Mzwanele Jwaqa, centre, will be joining the Free State Stars Football club reserve team next week. With him are, from left, soccer agent Brian Funda and friend Thulani Fena Picture: BHONGO JACOB

Jwaqa left Komani on Tuesday to start training with the club’s reserve side and told The Rep that he was ready to take his career to greater heights.
“It has always been my dream to become a professional player. I used to play soccer when I was five years old with my older brothers and they motivated me to keep playing.”
The 21-year-old from Dongwe in Whittlesea said his experience with various SAB local teams had prepared him as he had been working hard to achieve his call to join the Bloemfontein-based Premier Soccer League club.
“I almost gave up. I have been to many trials and I was not selected. I worked harder and I trained twice each day, in the morning and in the afternoon and that has all finally paid off.”
Soccer agent Brian Funda said Jwaqa had shown determination and discipline both on and off the field.
“My job is to watch the local teams and to see where we can take our young players for trials with the big teams.
“Free State Stars said I must bring a player to for trials and he [Jwaqa] did very well. They saw that he is very talented. They have agreed to first let him join their reserve side so he can get used to playing against other PSL teams and polish his skills,” Funda said.
“This is a great opportunity for him. We have a lot of talented players in our region but they end up smoking and drinking because they think that they can not go far with soccer. This will inspire many others not to give up.”

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