“There’s no life without football”


Portugal and Juventus star player Cristiano Ronaldo once said: “Without football, my life is worth nothing.”

Maritzburg United tall and lanky defender Kwanda Mngonyama, who is enjoying a second spell with ‘The Team of Choice’ shares the same sentiments but says he would have pursued a career in electrical engineering if he was not a professional footballer.

“There’s no life without football. But I was very good with hands-work and electricity at school. So, I would have studied electrical engineering,” – Mngonyama. Picture courtesy of Maritzburg United.

The 26-year-old centre-back is spending the lockdown in KZN as the Premier Soccer League ((PSL) has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic with the South African Football Association (Safa) and the  PSL forming a task team to chart a way forward for the possible resumption of football, provided that the government gives the league the green lights to re-start the season.

“Right now, I am home in Clermont. At first, I was in Pietermaritzburg, then I went to Xopo and now I’m here in Durban.

“I keep myself busy by following the instructions from the club physio, Burger van der Merwe, who gives us daily workouts. During level 5 it was very difficult because we couldn’t go out for a jog, so, I was only training in the yard. It’s better now because I’m able to jog,” added Mngonyama.

Asked in which match Mngonyama feels that he played his best, he said: “It was when we were playing against Cape Town City away. I was even awarded the Man of the Match.” Picture courtesy of Maritzburg United.

Mngonyama first joined ‘The Team of Choice’ back in 2014 from Bidvest Wits and the KwaZulu-Natal native would go on to have three solid seasons with Maritzburg, appearing in 93 matches in all competitions before going on to play for Cape Town City where he won the MTN 8 in 2018.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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