Our youth, is indeed our hope and this shines through so prominently when I connect with brilliant young cricketer Nduduzo Mfoza. This young lefty and orthodox spinner comes from humble beginnings but is unstoppable in his determination to succeed. “I’m the person that comes from a disadvantaged background but that doesn’t stop me from chasing my dream. I’d like to see myself playing on the bigger stage and dominating, but that won’t just happen it will require hard work”.
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Athlete: Bio / Stats
|Name & Surname||Nduduzo Mfoza|
|Date of birth||14 March 1997|
|Place of birth||Durban|
|Coach’s Name||Rob Clift|
|Secondary Sports||Soccer, Hockey|
|Favorite Song||Drake- Digital Dash|
|Sponsors||Bellingham & Smith, Puma, and Futurelife.|
Nduduzo Mfoza fields during the 6th ODI between South Africa U/19 and Bangladesh U/19 at Chatsworth Oval on July 17, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo Credits : Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)
Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your Cricket tell me a little bit about how you started and your journey in the Cricket arena up to now?
My journey to cricket started when I was in primary school. Those were the times when we just played for fun and my interest in the sport started there. I carried on playing and I started to realize my potential in Grade 6. I took it more seriously, I didn’t have the best facilities and the best coaches but I had a drive to succeed and I was passionate about the sport.
Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Cricket?
My greatest accolade in cricket is making the SA under 19.
Q: In your opinion, what is the value of Education for our youth?
Education is vital, it can open doors for you and as a sportsman you also need education cause you’ll never know what the future has for you.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I like listening to music.
Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?
A man is a product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes.
Nduzuzo Mfoza walks off after losing his wicket during the 4th ODI between South Africa U/19 and Bangladesh U/19 at Maritzburg Oval on July 12, 2015 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)
Q: When an athlete hits some “hard” / difficult patch in their sports career, what goes through your mind at that time? What advice can you give other Young Athletes in this regard?
Any athlete goes through rough patches in their career. I think it is a matter of who is mentally stronger, and do you realize that you going through that patch. You must be aware of what you are doing wrong. If you are mentally stronger you will go through that patch quicker. Some people just give up but they do not know that these type of things are like a test, we get tested. My advice to the people is always stay patient when you go through a rough patch.
Q: How do you define success in life / how do you define a successful person?
Success is an accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
Q: What’s your WHY ? Why do you do what you do?
Why do we always have haters? I’m doing what I do because I enjoy it and I want to make a living out of it. I want to be the person that changes other people’s lives and I want to give back to my community and also help the youth that need help.
Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your sports and academic journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!
Photo Credits: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images
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