Winnie Mandela-based soccer player’s field of dreams

Local football player and philanthropist Dumisani Nyawuza.

Local soccer player Dumisani Nyawuza’s dream is to become the best professional player ever.

Winnie Mandela-based Nyawuza (18), who currently plays for EWC Football Club, learned his soccer from the age of six on the streets of Winnie Mandela.

Nyawuza is hoping that some day he’ll be a professional soccer player, scoring game-winning goals before thousands of fans.

Nyawuza is a huge fan of Kaizer Chiefs FC and a particular admirer of Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Although he has taken part in trials for professional soccer teams including Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United’s under-19 development team and TUT FC, he was forced to withdraw from the trials due to lack of transport.

“I grew up loving football and I am hoping one day I will reach to my goal,” said Nyawuza.

He added that he was always encouraged by local coaches and football supporters in the community to strive hard and make it big in football.

“I believe football is a God-given talent and I will stop at nothing to pursue to my goal of becoming a professional soccer player.”

The youngster is not only passionate about football, but is also involved hands-on with community outreach programmes.

He recently founded the Nyawusa Foundation, which helps disadvantaged youth with clothing and school uniforms.

“The primary objective of this foundation is to reach out to those children and young people who are struggling with school uniforms and clothing. I sometimes visit schools to check the number of learners disadvantaged with school uniforms. I go around looking for donations so that I can sustain this project,” he explained.

“In life I’ve learned that it does not require a large amount of money in order to help others. It needs your love and the support from the people in your surroundings. Since it is said that it takes a village to raise child.”

Nyawuza is encouraging young people to focus on their education and follow their hearts.

“I don’t like to hear youngsters saying ‘a circumstance has denied me my future’. Stand up and knock on the right doors in order to make things happen for you. I urge young people to not associate themselves with negative people or criminal elements. Avoid anything that will impact your life negatively.”

For any information about this soccer player or his foundation, contact Dumisani Nyawuza on 084 012 9193 or 064 174 9698.

Malebo Tseke

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