Born in Durban and left with his family aged just 6, AFC Wimbledon’s new acquisition Ethan Chislett is on the rise in England.
Over the past 3 years the 22-year-old has risen from Non League football playing for Metropolitan Police to playing in England’s League one (3rd tier) now.
FARPost’s international writer Prince Sobayeni caught up with the playmaker to hear about his journey and rise in the system in England.
PRINCE SOBAYENI: Ethan thanks for joining us mate hope you are good and safe.
ETHAN CHISLETT: Yeah I’m great mate thank you so much it’s an absolute pleasure to finally be in touch.
PRINCE SOBAYENI: So what kind of player would you say you are and what sets you apart from the rest ?
ETHAN CHISLETT: I am an attacking midfielder who wants to get and create goals. I believe that my biggest asset is my technical ability and vision. I started off with a local team then got the opportunity to play for Southampton academy. At U18 level I was playing for Met Police. After two years I went out to Spain to play for CF Reddis and Tecnifutbol academy.
After two seasons in Spain I returned to Met Police FC for a year then signed for Aldershot in the National League where I had a good season which gave me the opportunity to sign and play for AFC Wimbledon where I am currently in league.
PRINCE SOBAYENI: That’s a great story mate you have risen through the structures so smoothly which is great, so two more levels before the Premier League…
ETHAN CHISLETT: I don’t like to think about being close to the Premier League as I prefer to focus on where I am at the present moment. AFC Wimbledon is an amazing club with a brilliant history and I am proud to be here at the moment you know.
PRINCE SOBAYENI: Always brilliant to focus on what you are busy with so you don’t get carried away as mental strength is the best strength. But I’m sure you do have a dream team though.
ETHAN CHISLETT: My whole family are Liverpool fans so from a young age I have supported them – that’s the dream team I’d love to represent in future if God allows.
PRINCE SOBAYENI: You ever visited South Africa?
ETHAN CHISLETT: I try to visit as much as possible, I still have a lot of family living in Durban. However last time was around 3 years ago which is a very long time because usually I visit once every two years.
PRINCE SOBAYENI: It’s wonderful that you still visit bro it’s great to hear you are connected to your roots. Do you harbour any hopes of representing Bafana Bafana one day though?
ETHAN CHISLETT: I would love to man yhoo, I’d actually be really honoured to represent South Africa 🇿🇦 one day so will keep working hard.
PRINCE SOBAYENI: My bro thank you so my for taking time out to talk to us it’s been such a pleasure, we should catch up soon.
ETHAN CHISLETT: Thanks mate I enjoyed this and yeah definitely we’ll be in touch I’m a call away.
He made 37 starts for Aldershot United last season scoring 9 goals accompanied by 9 further strikes which took his overall to 18 for the 2019/20 season – which is impressive for a midfielder.
By Prince Sobayeni