Kaizer Chiefs young defender Njabulo Blom believes that he wouldn’t have made it this far in his blossoming career without the support of his football orientated family, more importantly his ‘strict’ mother.
“My mom has been strict and central to avoid getting off the rails,” said Blom, who grew up in Soweto, Zondi 1 but moved to Dobsonville the age of six.
“I want to thank her for she has kept me focused on discipline. At some point things get tough both generally in life and career. Time and time again one feel like giving up. My family is very supportive when it comes to my career. They follow me and give me advice when necessary,” added the 20-year-old.
“I grew up in Dobsonville. I did decide to play football, I think it is inborn because all my family played football.
“Just everybody in my family line from grandfather and uncles played football. I think at the age of six already I already started playing with Zondi Bay. At a young age, there and then I decided football will be my career. I have never thought of anything else besides playing football,” revealed the Chiefs youth development product.
“I put God first in all what I do. I also think humility is key and helps me a lot in my career development. It has been hard to reach this point in my career. I come from a disadvantaged family and it is difficult to be accepted in society when you come from a humble background.
The South African youth international was promoted to the Amakhosi first team in 2019 and has since made four appearances in all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign which is currently suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic
The Glamour Boys defender is currently recovering from an injury he picked up against Baroka in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) in February.
“As far as my injury from tight thigh muscle, our technical team have been supportive and giving me all the necessary treatment and encouragement I need. I am okay now and once we get back to the fields, I should be ready to return to playing.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 marks the 10th anniversary since FIFA World Cup was hosted on the African continent for the first time – South Africa in 2010 and Blom says the historic event “was a great experience for everyone in South Africa.”
“I recall all my family gathered in the living room watching the first game when South Africa played Mexico in the first game. Obviously, all my support was at home, no doubt about that. The Spaniard Sergio Ramos was my best player and he impressed me most. I loved him and Carlos Puyol, I admired their fighting spirit in their game.”
Blom’s Youth month message: “I wish to represent the youth with my values of respect as well as humility,” concluded the Soweto-born star.
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