Talented youngster a star on and off the football pitch

Bongolwethu Siyasi receiving an Ajax Amsterdam Champions League jersey from the clubs chief executive officer, Edwin van der Sar.

Loyalty is about to pay dividends for Khayelitsha’s young soccer star, Bongolwethu Siyasi.

The 16-year-old player is being groomed at Ajax’s Lambda Institute with 10 other players from around the world.

Ajax Cape Town launched the institute last week to groom and develop soccer players that would be able to represent their country and play in the elitist leagues of the world.

On Friday November 23, scores of soccer pundits, coaches and fans gathered at Ikamva for the launch of the institute. Young players who are currently living at the institute and those who are coming in were introduced to guests. Among those was Khayelitsha’s Siyasi who was praised by his coach, Duncan Crowie, as among the best in the team.

Siyasi formed the first intake of aspiring footballers together with Kegan Johannes, Andrew Fortune, Aden Dreyer, Cade Erickson, Patrick Fisher and Luca Diana-Oliaro.

Siyasi has eight caps to his name playing for Amajimbosi.

The defender at his age is playing in the ABC Motsepe League. He feels that he has made a good decision to join Ajax.

Like any township child, Siyasi takes football seriously. On Friday he revealed that his greatest motivation has been his poor upbringing.

He also recited a poem that he said is his motivation to other players. He would love to help his community of Khayelitsha – that made the chairman of the PSL Irvin Khoza and the CEO of Ajax Amsterdam, Edwin Van Der Sar stand up.

“Through playing sport I want to change my community and I am adamant that I will change it,” he said.

“I am sure that I chose the best team to take me forward. When I was signed I knew the club had also made a great decision,” he boasted.

The Ajax ABC Motsepe team lost 3-4 to Ikapa Sporting on Friday November 30.