“For me the most special part about scoring in soccer is not the goal itself, but the assist. I think there is more art in it.”
These are the words Kwakhona Gwana who, at 15, has an uncanny appreciation for what goes into a great goal.
He was recently honoured as man of the tournament at an U15 soccer competition in Whittlesea.
Peter Dayimane, tournament organiser, called his performance “very impressive and mature.”
He was playing for the eventual winners of the tournament, Santos FC, propping up their victory with two assists in the final.
Gwana knows there is no goal without the right pass. “At the moment I think the greatest playmaker is Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City player).”
Gwana has already been decorated with many medals, saying he takes none of them for granted. “It was an amazing experience getting this one. It was the first time I was awarded like this.
“All my medals are special to me. I want to keep them so that in the future I can tell people where I started,” said Gwana.
Next the young maestro has his sights set on the PSL. His dream is to play for Orlando Pirates.
Coupled with that ambition is a determination to don the national team shirt. “I want to play for Bafana Bafana and represent my country.”
“I am also good with my books and am getting As. First I want to go to university where I will be able to better develop my talent and also get an education.”
He said if he cannot be the next playmaker for the national team he will settle for being an engineer.
In the meantime, he will continue to play for his local team, where he is the captain.