By Sizakelep Nkosi
Footballers of the ‘’Dream Team” (An NGO responsible for the project highlighted below) spoke exclusively to Ladies Match from their camp base in Limpopo- where the footballers are preparing for their European tour end of this year-.
These players are the fortunate ladies selected from different clubs around the country in hope to impress overseas clubs, in pursuit of getting signed.
Goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Zungu who is a former junior U20 international for South Africa was part of the squad that went to 2010 U17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. She later received a call up to the senior team for a friendly game against Zimbabwe by former Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza.
The shot-stopper is currently in her final year, studying Public Management at the Durban University of Technology and speaking exclusively with Ladies March South African Correspondent Sizakelep Nkosi, she shares more details on the dream team project.
KEY- We use initials for the interviews LM for ‘’Ladies March’’, NZ for ‘’Nkosingiphile Zungu’’
LM: How was your first day in camp?
NZ: Training was not that hard, intensity was not high. The reason being- I travelled a long distance from Maritzburg to Limpopo. Basically I travelled the whole day.
LM: What was your reaction when you heard that you are part of a team that will be travelling to Europe?
NZ: It’s an exciting moment, I felt so honoured and fortunate. There are many players in South Africa who love football and i am happy that i am given an opportunity to realize my dreams to play football in Europe.
LM: Your expectations when you get to Europe ?
NZ: I am not expecting an easy road but i am prepared to fight and show them what I have to offer so that I can make South Africa proud.
LM: What’s the plan after school?
NZ: Yes, I’m doing my final year. If I get a contract next year over there (Europe), I will move there. I want to study further but study something different.
LM: You must certainly have a role model? Can you share?
NZ: Hope Solo because she’s doing a good job.
LM: Do you believe this might be the opportunity you need to cement a place in the national team?
NZ: Yes, it might happen. Overseas the level of play is much higher and if the coach likes the way i play. Then yes, I can represent my country
LM: What leagues appeal to you at the moment?
NZ: Germany and Canada because they take women’s football seriously.
LM: Thanks for granting us your time
NZ: My pleasure.
More to follow…..