Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies winger Phumeza Ngogodo is pleading with anyone who might be able to assist her raise R40 000 in order to fly out to the United States of America (USA) and make good use of an opportunity to study and play football on a scholarship.
Ngogodo, 28, has been awarded a soccer scholarship to study and play the beautiful game at Mineral Area College in the USA and needs help to raise R40 000 before January 2021 as she believes the window of opportunity will not only benefit her but South African football at large.
“I am asking for people to help me because this is a lifetime opportunity for me,” Ngogodo, a Sports Science graduate from the North West University told FARPost.
Those willing to assist can deposit to; Phumeza Ngogodo’s Capitec Bank account or contact/WhatsApp her on 0813028037.
Capitec Savings Account: 1672775491. Another option would be to use 0606998504 for Capitec transactions.
“It is a soccer scholarship from the MAC in the USA. The scholarship will cover my fees and study material for the first year then when I do good academically the school will cover for everything (housing insurance, plane tickets and other expenses).
“The opportunity will bring knowledge to me that I will be able to share with other athletes, coaches or even people who have studied or who are still studying Sports Science.
“We all know how advanced USA is when it comes to other things such as science and their education system, so I think this opportunity will benefit both me and South African sports,” she added.
It was Lesotho women’s captain and US College Player of the Year Boitumelo Rabale, fondly called ‘Queen’ who recommended Ngogodo to the admissions officers at Mineral Area College.
“Rabale was recognised last year, nationwide at US colleges as the best player, so a guy from MAC came to her and asked if she doesn’t know of any players who would like to study because each year the college, gives out about four international scholarships, so if she knows of any girls that would want to play while studying she should recommend, that’s how she recommend me,” explained Ngogodo.
The 28-year-old Ngogodo is expected to start with her studies in the second week of January, next year. “I am a passionate student-athlete who never let any obstacle to stand in my way,” she added.
Ngogodo’s Brief Football Journey
“I started playing for BFN Celtic from 2012 until 2014, then I got a Sports bursary at North-West University to start studying from 2015 to 2018. I obtained my qualifications last year. Then I came back to play for Celtic ladies in 2019.
“I started playing from a young age, but my first league game was in 2006 when I was playing for Mangaung Municipality Ladies playing under Absa. We then got promoted in 2007. That is when Bloemfontein Celtic former coach (Edwin Motlale) spotted me, but I didn’t join the team until four years later. I played for Celtic ladies from the 2012/2014 season.
“In 2015 I moved to North West University, which I have to say that was the best year of my football life as I was chosen to attend the USSA (University Sport South Africa) trial where I made it to the squad that represented South Africa in South Korea, with North West University.
“I was also part of the first Ladies team to have ever made it to the National Championship. But I only played in the 2015/2016 season then moved to Croesus Ladies for the 2017/2018 season before rejoining Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies.”
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