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Mayambela: These Things Happen In Football Games

Congratulations to Sakhumzi Mjolo whose emailed submission on ‘living my best life – experiences rather than stuff’ was selected by Capitec as the best story to come in from a Soccer Laduma reader.

As the last winner this month, Sakhumzi was able to submit a list of players - current and legends - that he would like to have to answer his questions. Mark Mayambela was on that list and was more than happy to field questions submitted to him by Sakhumzi. Soccer Laduma put Sakhumzi’s great questions to Mayambela, which resulted in a great Q & A published in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma where Mayambela talks about what inspires him and the on-field incident that took place between him and Chippa United head coach, Eric Tinkler.

An excerpt from the interview with Mark Mayambela in this week’s paper:

Sakhumzi question: Who is Mark Mayambela?

Mark: Well, Mark Mayambela is a young man that was born in Cape Town, in Khayelitsha to be specific, who grew up loving and playing football. He grew up falling in love with football on the streets of Khayelitsha and went on to become a professional player, a household name not only in Cape Town but in South Africa. He is someone living his dream.

Sakhumzi question: What inspires you to wake up, go to the field and play good football?

Mark: That would be my family and my family’s wellbeing, knowing that I am a breadwinner at home, knowing that they look up to me. Also, the aspiring young people out there who also want to be professionals in whatever career path one day, those are the people that inspire me to do more because I know that every time we play or we are out doing things, they are watching us. It is always important for us to inspire them because, in return, they inspire us to become the best that we can be. Also, the love that we get from the supporters out there really helps us a lot to build our confidence.

Sakhumzi question: Please tell me about the incident between you and Eric Tinkler.

Mark: No, that was a heat of the moment kind of incident. It was nothing out of the ordinary, as these things happen in football games. It was a big game for us. There was a lot of frustration and there was a misunderstanding. I know it looked bad and I did apologise to my coach after that game. We sorted the matter out and we were both cooled down after that. So, yeah, it was just a heat of the moment situation and now it is water under the bridge.

Make sure you get this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma to read the full interview. Once more, thank you to those who took the time out to send through their letters. We appreciate your support!

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