SPORT STAR SHINES DOWN UNDER
Emmanuel Athiphila Mtomboti dreamt of being part of a South African team who plays Australian football. He was first introduced to the sport while at high school in 2013. He loves the game and plays for a local team called the Divines, based in Khayelitsha.
This 20 year-old is also enrolled at the College of Cape Town, Crawford Campus where he is part of an 8-month long learnership programme in ICT.
Emmanuel’s dream came true this year! His dedication and love for the sport paid off – he was selected to play in the International Cup (IC17) held in Melbourne, Australia from 5 – 19 August. This event only takes place every three years, with the next one being in 2020.
South Africa sent 28 players in total, but only 18 players were selected for each of the 5 matches played. Emmanuel’s talent saw him selected to play in all the matches, but due to an injury he missed out on one match to recover. South Africa won two of their matches. They played against Great Britain, Papua New Guinea, France, Fiji, and USA.
“It was a great experience. I saw so many new things during those 3 weeks as I travelled to and around parts of Australia,” he says. This was Emmanuel’s first international experience.
Emmanuel says that for anyone interested in learning more about Australian soccer or joining a local team they can contact him (073 6089749) directly or his coach, Dongweni (083 3949917).
Article by: Charles George, Lecturer: Fundamentals: English