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Thabo Mnyamane – From Varsity Cup To CAF: “My Reality”

Thabo Mnyamane – From Varsity Cup To CAF: “My Reality”

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 23, 2017 01:11 PM
Just over four years ago Thabo Mnyamane was scoring goals for North-West University in the Varsity Football tournament, and now he’s on the verge of his first CAF semifinal.
 
 
The 25-year-old attacker grabbed seven goals for NWU before being snapped up by University of Pretoria, and has since progressed at SuperSport United to the point where he’s become the first Varsity Football player to play for Bafana Bafana.
 
Today he’s expected to start against ZESCO United in the CAF Confederation Cup final in Zambia, and he says that part of him still can’t believe how far he’s come since the 2013 tournament where he got his break.
 
Speaking to the Siya crew in Ndola, Mnyamane said, “Obviously the Varsity Cup kid in me still can’t believe that this happened so fast, but then I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is now my reality. This isn’t a dream anymore, it’s my reality and I need to deliver. I feel like this experience has humbled me and shown me the bigger picture.
 
“We take things for granted when we’re playing in South Africa. Everything is nice and it’s conducive to doing well, but playing in different places in Africa you face different challenges and different obstacles, you know. That changes your perspective of football.
 
“I’m glad I’ve experienced this at my age now, because I think that it’s around 25 that players need to be peaking.”
 
Meanwhile, on the topic of the game itself, he believes that in the shape of Jeremy Brockie (9 goals), himself (4) and their other attacking players, they can get the result they need against the Zambian giants.
 
He said, “Obviously, first of all it’s overwhelming because a club’s record is at stake, but there’s no pressure on us. For me though it’s a big step to be playing continental football, and I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent South Africa in different competitions.
 
“As a team we need to get a goal, if we do that then I believe we’ll be more comfortable, and then they’ll have to come out and we can hurt them in the spaces they leave.
 
“For me and Jeremy it’s a good tournament for us to make a name for ourselves and to be amongst the ‘elite’ in Africa. He’s the top scorer at the moment and I have four, so I’m hoping one of us gets the Golden Boot at the end of the tournament.”
 
Lastly, having trained on the field yesterday, Mnyamane has some idea of what to expect, but admits that it’s not in the best of shape.
 
“It’s not Anfield,” he joked. “But we have to deal with what we have and we can’t complain too much because they will be on the same pitch. We have to adjust as soon as possible tomorrow, it will affect our gameplan because it’s a bit bumpy, but if we’re calm on the ball then we’ll do well.”
 
ZESCO host Matsatsantsa at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium today at 3pm.
 


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The sky #$ Joined: 20 Sep 2015
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The sky #$ Sep 26, 2017 06:02 AM
This guy is a real deal not bo molangoana le bo chirambadare
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Lusapho Makhubalo Sep 23, 2017 11:12 PM
hardwork
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Reginald Mbanda Sep 23, 2017 08:10 PM
hard work pays
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patriot Sep 23, 2017 08:03 PM
Great article. Lovely story
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THE NK Sep 23, 2017 04:09 PM
What a success.
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Pronhlanhla Sep 23, 2017 02:24 PM
Great move mate,checkmate this final n make history frm varsity football to CAF champion I cn already see the headlines...

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