Lucky Mashewula still believes Secunda Stars FC has a future

Secunda Stars FC’s goalkeeper, Lucky Mashewula, during the Nedbank playoffs held at Lillian Ngoyi Stadium recently.

Lucky Mashewula, Secunda Stars FC’s goalkeeper, believes sacrifice, hard work and dedication will pave his way to the Premier Soccer League teams.

His love for soccer began when he was eight years old when he was playing in the dusty streets of eMzinoni.

When growing up, he was a left defender and centre, not knowing that one day he would become a well-known local goalkeeper.

His previous teams include Mzinoni Classic, Sylverstar Stars, Young Brazil and Mzinoni All Stars.

When asked how he ended up being a goalkeeper, he said: “We sometimes found ourselves without a goalkeeper at Mzinoni Classic and I would stand in. “My teammates decided I should be a goalkeeper.”

Mashewula has played in the Local Football Association, the Castle and the ABC Motsepe Leagues.

In 2013 he received the Player of the Season award from Mzinoni All Stars.

“Standing between the posts for Secunda Stars was a great breakthrough for me and also an opportunity to showcase my skills.”

Mashewula further mentioned his father was also a defender and a goalkeeper.

He added that the chairman of Secunda Stars, Mr Fanyana Sibanyoni, used to watch his previous team (amabhubesi) and that was where he identified and encouraged him to attend the trials.

Though most people are worried about the performance of Secunda Stars, Mashewula believes there is still room for improvement in the team.

He takes pride in the team and reminded fans that Secunda Stars ended fourth in the 2014/2015 season.

“That season proved that when people focus and work hard, anything is possible. That was the toughest season for us and I was the only goalkeeper without assistance, meaning I had to play even with injuries.”

Mashewula received the Goalkeeper of the Tournament and the Chairman’s awards.

This year he also got a chance to represent the province as a goalkeeper at the beach soccer tournament in Durban where his team lost in the finals.

During this tournament, Mashewula was also awarded the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.

He said most players struggle with discipline and temptations and get nowhere.

Mashewula said in his career he did not have a goalkeeper coach dedicated to him, but he was fortunate to have the team coaches who were once goalkeepers and were able to help him.

He gave credit to his late former coach, Mr Mafika Khumalo, who helped him a lot.

Spending some of his time watching soccer videos also helps him to learn skills from goalkeepers such as Itumeleng Khune.

Mashewula added that though he watches their techniques, he does not copy everything they do.

“Khune is known for his diving style and I do not just dive to entertain the crowds, but dive only when necessary.”

He said the advantage of being a goalkeeper is that he is able to see everything happening on the field and is able to learn both teams’ weaknesses.

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Levhuwani Matumba
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