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Getting to know goalkeeping emerging star Harold Ndlovu

Feb 25, 2016 @ 10:19:14

Today we tap into the life of yet other promising star at the shores of Polokwane City Football Club. Harold Ndlovu or ‘sticks’ as he is affectionately known in the sporting fraternity is a Limpopo born footballer who at a tender age knew that soccer was a sport he wanted to take professionally.

Harold talks to City FC News about his childhood, Career, future plans and more...

Q: Who is Harold and how would you describe your childhood?

A: I am God fearing and a hard worker who believes in making things happen. My childhood was amazing even though there were trial and tribulations however i came out stronger. I am a first born to my two younger brothers and did what i loved the most and that was playing football. I started participating at the age of 7 as a goalkeeper in my first grade. I was raised by a single mother until the age of 9 and i love my mom so much because of her unconditional love and that has kept me going.

Q: What would the old Harold’s advice be to the 5 year old Harold?

A: Is to let him remember that living in God and putting your faith in his name changes everything and having self belief together with self discipline, humility and hard work results in inevitable success which unlocks the possibility to achieving all your dreams and goals.

Q: Take us through your football journey until you arrived at City.

A: Since age 7 but it all really started when i was 9 and was selected to play for Makhoma runners development back at home and i haven’t looked back ever since. I mean, i  did that till in 2006 when i was recruited to go and play for Mokopane Football Academy where i played for two years until i had to go back home to finish my studies and eventually i matriculated. In 2011 i joined Nobela All stars which was playing in ABC Motsepe league and i was there for 3 seasons and during the 2013/14 season i was a part of the Winners Park team that gained promotion into the Premier Soccer League and the latter was later changed to Polokwane City FC until i was promoted into the first team last season.

Q: What has that experience of playing topflight football been like for you?

A: It is very motivating, Inspiring and very competitive. It forces you to improve everyday and it’s always overwhelmingly nice to go to training to compete with my fellow goalkeepers Pule Konopi and George Chigova. There’s naturally that obvious pressure that comes with the territory and the downside to it is that if you can’t survive the heat you won’t make it.

Q: Why did you choose to be a goalkeeper?

A: * Laughs* It’s funny actually, i never had to choose to be a goalkeeper. It’s hereditary. My biological father was a goalkeeper and i had a friend whom we used to play together on the streets and would do penalty shootouts and i would always be that guy that blocks ll goals possible. So here is the story, one day we were training for the first time in my first grade so what happened was that the coach needed a goalkeeper and my friend then pointed in my direction and that was the birth of ‘sticks’

Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a goalkeeper?

A: With goalkeeping it’s all about decision making. And you know what the say about that, decisions go with timing. The advantages are that you are able to control the whole team and determine how they play by means of communicating throughout the game. Statistics and history shows us that goalkeepers also have long careers compared to infield players. The disadvantages are not that much. The only one that i can put emphasis on is when there is no connection within the team and you have to be the one that blocks the ball every 5 seconds from the opposition.

Q: Who are you most close to at #RiseAndShine?

A: I am close with everyone at the team. I treat them as my brothers because i am willing to learn from them. I have Mfundo and Thapelo Tshilo whom i share rooms with in camp but i spend even more significant time with Mfundo because we play Multichoice Diski Challenge together

Q: What are some misconceptions about footballers that you know for sure aren’t true?

A: That they are not educated. Soccer players are human beings and individuals so we can’t all be bottled into one stereotype.

Q: What are your goals and ambitions for the future?

A: To play regularly, grow and be a worthy asset to the team.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?

A: As a soccer player who changed how people perceive soccer players in terms of their level of education and social life. I am still busy with my honors degree in Information Sciences at the University of Limpopo and will go for more qualifications after that. I want to be known as that guy that bridged the gap between football and education and did it with effortlessly

Q: How do people get in touch with you, on social media?


Facebook: Harold Ndlovu

Twitter: @harold_ndlovu50  

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