Thanks to Nedbank Cup, young Kagiso Ramadivhane (22) fulfilled his dream of training with professional football club when he started training with Chippa United on Tuesday afternoon. He will spend a month with the Port Elizabeth-based outfit, where he will have an opportunity to continue to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Currently playing for Blue Stars in Pretoria where he was born, he joined the Chippa United brigade as they were taken through their paces by Head Coach, Teboho Moloi following two days of rest.
Chippautdfc.co.za took time to speak to the soft spoken goalminder who is a Manchester United fan.
Chippa United: Welcome to the Chippa United Family…
Kagiso Ramadivhane: Thank you, it feels good to be here, I am excited about this opportunity, and am expecting to learn a lot during my time here. I am already looking forward to getting into my training gear and meet everyone; The Head Coach, the rest of the Technical Team and the players.
CU: How has your family reacted to your progress in the Nedbank Ke Yona Team?
KR: They have been supportive from day one! They of course had reservations about me leaving Pretoria for Port Elizabeth, but they support my dreams and are aware that I am not a baby anymore (smiling).
I am thankful for my family’s support and this is an opportunity I want to grab with both hands.
CU: How has the Nedbank Ke Yona Team journey been?
KR: Empowering! It’s forced me to grow both on and off the field. It is by the grace of God that I have made it to this point, starting when we had trials, making it to the final 18-men team and now I am here to spend a month with the Chilli Boys. It has been a wonderful journey, and one not to be taken for granted as it brings me closer to my dreams of being a professional footballer.
I just want to take this opportunity to thank Nedbank for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.
CU: What did you know about Chippa United before coming here?
KR: Chippa United is a big brand! This is a team which is renowned for playing enterprising football. As I have already said, I am humbled to be here. The reception from the staff and everyone at the Club has been great.
CU: What are some of your best qualities as a goalkeeper?
KR: I am first and foremost confident about my ability as a goalkeeper! I am able to adapt to any style of play or system. I am comfortable on the ball and depending whether a team start their build ups at the back or long ones I can adapt my game. I am a good reader of the game and always switched on. I am always willing to learn and I train hard.
I am currently studying towards a Sports & Exercise Technology qualification, so I am focused on and off the field.
CU: What drives you?
KR: Knowing where I want to be in life, and where I come from, my home; this gives me motivation to go all the way and fulfil my childhood dreams. I never want to disappoint my family. They have been a pillar of strength for me and I want to make them proud.
Quick one two’s
Favourite Goalkeeper locally and internationally:
Bafana Bafana no. 1 Itumeleng Khune and Germany’s Nuer.
Favourite Team in Europe:
Who would be on your 7 aside:
Nuer (Germany), Lucas Radebe (Bafana Bafana), Paul Pogba (France), Doctor Khumalo (Bafana Bafana), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Benni McCarthy (Bafana Bafana)
CU: Thank you for your time, it’s time for training. We wish you all the best during your time here.
KR: Thank you very much!