Register Login Live

Supporters Club

Mayambela: I Looked Up To Gangsters!

Growing up in Khayelitsha township was never easy for Chippa United skilful midfielder, Mark Mayambela, but the poor background never stopped him from realising his dream of playing professional football.

“Growing up in the township is difficult. Khayelitsha is different to other townships. When we were growing up, the people we looked up to were gangsters and drug dealers. In Khayelitsha, the only thing that made a person relevant to other people was either carrying a gun or a knife. That’s the only thing we grew up knowing as the youth of Khayelitsha at the time.

“Football helped me to get away from all that. When my friends went to parties on weekends, I went to football games and camps. Many of the people in the township were shocked because they never saw it coming, then all of a sudden I had signed for Celtic!” said Mayambela.

What lessons can aspiring footballers who are currently experiencing tough times in the township learn from Mayambela’s example?

Please share your views in the comments section below.

Cheers. 

nextarticle

Here Are Tips For Selected Soccer 6 Matches

17 comments

Top 5

10 Images Of The Weekend’s Nedbank Cup Action

2 Feb 24, 2020 09:15 AM in Nedbank Cup

The Highest-Paid Players In Europe Revealed

14 Feb 11, 2020 07:14 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Mosimane Explains Gripe With MDC

10 Feb 24, 2020 01:30 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Man City Could Be Relegated To League Two

50 Feb 17, 2020 06:28 PM in English Premier League

Chiefs’ Middendorp: We Couldn’t Unlock Them

63 Feb 24, 2020 11:36 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Philosophical Rhulani Stuns As He Poses Alongside R6 Million Ride

12 Feb 21, 2020 02:12 PM in Show Me The Money

10 Images Of Teko’s Stunning New R3 Million Bentley

5 Feb 21, 2020 03:50 PM in Show Me The Money

Bucs Stars Dazzle In Pule’s Mashonisa

6 Feb 24, 2020 11:00 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

What FIFA Says About The Yellow Card Saga…

172 Feb 21, 2020 02:36 PM in PSL

Does This Pirates Star Boast The Coolest Tattoos In The PSL?

3 Feb 22, 2020 09:00 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Middendorp Feels Chiefs Deserved A Penalty

8 Feb 24, 2020 04:28 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

PSL Confirm Date And Time For Nedbank Cup QF Draw

8 Feb 24, 2020 03:12 PM in Nedbank Cup

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

3 Big PSL Contracts Being Discussed…

6 Feb 24, 2020 02:43 PM in PSL