Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila forward Naeem Amoojee has opened up about having to grow up in a family where both his parents are deaf and cannot speak.
Naeem’s mother Aziza Amoojee (52) was born deaf while his father Ashraf Amoojee (50) lost his hearing and speech at the age of 4.
Born in Johannesburg, Naeem has two siblings, Yusuf Amoojee and Zohra Khan Amajoee, both who are able to speak and hear.
“I speak sign language. I have learnt how to speak sign language growing up from a young boy. My parents taught me and my siblings from a young age and I used to watch DTV on SABC 3,” he told FARPost in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old also posted an emotional Video message (see below) on Monday night during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s nation address directed to people who were mocking a sign interpreter during the address.
“I see a lot of people making fun of Sign Interpreters. Well in my family they are a blessing, cause of my Blessed parents. National lockdown, May Allah keep us protected and get us through this safely 🙏🏼 #lockDownSouthAfrica #21days #cyrilramaphosa,” read the post.
“I see a lot of posts on social media where they tease sign interpreters by making them dance while playing music in the background… so when they are moving their hands they use it as a sign of dancing instead of speaking the (sign) language,” he explains to this publication.
Naeem has also won the hearts of TTM faithfuls since joining at the beginning of the 2019/20 season and the fans have given him a Venda nickname ‘Mashudu’ (Luck) which he has openly embraced.
“The club is my home now and I love the reception from the fans. Hopefully Allah will bless up and we gain promotion for next season,” he said.
Before the GladAfrica League was temporally suspended, TTM were at position four, two below a promotion playoff spot with sic matches remaining.
By Ofhani Munyai