Young Xolisa shares on his special MOMENTS of 2016: his 50th Cap for Maritzburg College rugby, his call-up to debut at the Sharks and his final decision to commit to to the Blue Bulls. His story is drenched with so much gratefulness towards all the special people in his life, so much love and faith towards our God who makes all this possible and so much energy and positivity for the future. All the best young champion. Thank you for your love and humility towards so many – you are a real game changer, not only in sports but in life!
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Playing my 50th cap for Maritzburg College and 53 caps in total
It was a really special moment of my school boy rugby career to be able to Don the Redblackwhite hoops 50 times was just a true reflection of what kind of blessings God can bless us with. I never imagined such an Achievement but only God knew. To be the first boy to ever play 50th caps for Maritzburg College, that’s just God’s work. I thank the Almighty so much ❤🙏 On my 50th cap I didn’t want the personal milestone to cloud my mind because my sole priority was to helping the team to win against a very strong Hilton side.
Me running out first because it was my 50th cap? I was not particularly interested in that. I was more interested in the game. The reality is that there were far more important things that weekend than me winning my 50th, but it was a special moment and I ended up scoring a phenomenal try and we won that game.
Photo Credits: Neville Bailey
Call up to the u/19 Sharks Currie cup Team
Sometimes I ask myself how could one not Believe in God’s work because that June/July I was supposed to go home but a voice inside me told me not to go home, but I didn’t understand why.
We were having lunch with my Maritzburg guardians Margie Heral and Dennis Heral. These people have been good to me, so while we were having lunch I got a message from the Sharks saying that they would love me to train with them. I suddenly realized that the small voice that told me to stay was Gods voice. I was suddenly worried about how I was going to get to training. Everyday as I was in Maritzburg and Durban was far, so I reminded myself of Mathew 6:34 – Then have no care for tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Take the trouble of the day as it comes.
It happened that I was going to visit the Lujiva family in Ballito and Mam Zama was happy to take me to practice everyday at Kings Park Stadium, which I was very Grateful. When I got there everyone was so welcoming. I knew lot of players so it was easy to slot in. I trained with them the first week of the holidays. The second week I trained with them, the coach said he wanted me to make my debut that weekend against Western Province. I was so happy and grateful for opportunities God was giving me. I called my Guardian in Maritzburg and told them they were so happy and supportive. The Lujiva family even canceled their holiday trip because I was making my debut that weekend. I will forever be grateful for their support. Qhayiya , Hlumelo and their mother Mam Zama kept me really calm that week of my debut as I was a bit nervous. They have become family to me ❤
It was a great debut all my family and friends were there and I thank them. I was so humbled by the experience unfortunately we lost but it was a good game by the boys they really put the bodies on the line losing to a very good province side 15-16.
My decision on deciding to go to the Bulls next year
Not many people know but the Bulls were the first people to recognize my talent from a very young age of 16. Ever since they have been good to me in so many ways, so I can’t suddenly take them out of the picture. I have to be loyal to the people who gave me a chance when no one else wanted to. I believe that its Gods plan for me to go to the Bulls. Yes it wont be easy, nothing is easy, but I believe with hard work and prayer I will make it at the Bulls. They have a good junior structure and I am once again thankful for this opportunity they have given me. I am looking forward to the upcoming chapter of my life, but for now I am trying to focus on my studies ❤
Photo Credits: Neville Bailey