Although he was born in England to a South African mother and a German father, Cardiff City striker Siyabonga Ligendza was born into a Mzansi football-loving family from the township of Mamelodi in Pretoria
The 17-year-old’s family have an undying love for a local club and current South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns who have dominated the local footballing scene for at least five years.
FARPost caught up with the striker’s mother all the way in Wales to talk about her son’s journey as well as her ambitions for the forward.
Speaking about her son’s journey the happy mom said: “Wow, wow it’s been a journey because when I left South Africa it was just about looking for better opportunities financially then ‘boom’ Siya was at Cardiff doing well and eventually ended up going up the ranks of Cardiff City.”
Every family has a team that they support and the Ligendza’s have an undying love for current Premiership champions Sundowns and want their son to don the famous yellow t-shirt one day.
“All of us especially Siyabonga’s grandmother wants him to one day wear the famous Sundowns kit because she is a big fan of the club. Siya also wants to honour his grandmother’s wishes by playing for Downs one day,” added Miss Ligendza.
The striker has scored 35 league goals for Cardiff’s development side in the past two years and has established himself as one of the club’s most reliable goal poachers at youth level.
Already this season he has scored two goals in the first four league goals for the club’s U-18 side.
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By Prince Sobayeni