” I was ten years old when I lost my Mother, I knew nothing about what was going on.

” I was ten years old when I lost my Mother, I knew nothing about what was going on.

At a tender age of 21, Bongani Sam has found his feet in the Absa Premier League with ease. The youngster has been one of the star performers for Siwelele this season, he has played sixteen games out of the eighteen for his side who are currently in position eight with twenty-five points. The pacey defender has also managed to pick up two Man Of the Match awards for himself and one award that comes to mind is the one he got against Orlando Pirates where he also scored his first ever goal in the Absa Premiership.

“Playing in the Absa Premiership has been a dream come through and my first game was against Chippa United and Scoring my first goal against Orlando Pirates was the best feeling ever”

Sam has had a firm development in his football career, having started playing the game at the age of nine for PE United which is based in the Township of KwaZakhele, its only in Motherwell where things started shaping up for him when he joined Lion City for which he went on to star in their first team which was campaigning in the ABC Motsepe League in the Eastern Cape region. It’s there where he found out about the Nedbank Ke Yona team search and he made the cut with ease. Sam has not had things smooth sailing for him, he has had his fair share of challenges, like losing his mother at a young age.

” I was ten years old when I lost my Mother, I knew nothing about what was going on, I did not know what was going on. I was just playing around. it’s only now that I am hurting. I so wish she was here so can she can see everything that I am achieving and I would have loved to take care of my mom”

The Port Elizabeth born defender was discovered through the Nedbank Ke Yona team search which is spearheaded by Owen da Gama, Shakes Mashaba and Mike Mangena. This team is selected through a talent identification process done all over the country and then the best twenty-three is selected to face the winners of the Nedbank Cup.

” After making the final team of the Nedbank Ke Yona, I went to train with Bloemfontein Celtics and it took me only two days to land myself a contract with them. I then went on loan to Highlands Park and I was happy with that move because I was going to work with a coach that I had worked with before. I played well for Coach Da Gama’s and we won promotion back to the Absa Premiership”.

The 21-year-old has put out some great performances for his side and with the office problems that the side has been facing in the past months, Sam has played so well as if his side does not have financial issues and that has shown with his side being in the top eight so far in the season. Having suffered a 2-1 defeat to Amatsantsantsa A Pitori, Siwelele will look to bounce back to winning ways this weekend as they take on Super Eagles in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday.


Author: Dumisani Koyana

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