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By Makwati Lebohang Dube | Feb 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HAVING captained the national Under-23 squad at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Matthew Booth looks set to represent Bafana Bafana at the 2010 Fifa World Cup and become one of the few players to appear for his country at both of the prestigious tournaments.

He took time out to talk to Sowetan.

Q: When did you start playing soccer?

A: I started when I was five years old for an amateur club in Cape Town.

Q: If you were not playing soccer, which career path would you have taken?

A: I have been playing football my entire life, I can't imagine doing anything else, but I would probably be a good teacher.

Q: What car do you drive?


Q: What music are you currently playing in your car?

A: John Legend and a bit of reggae. I have a wide range of taste in music, so it is a little bit of everything.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: Right here in South Africa. I have had the opportunity to travel the world extensively and South Africa is absolutely the best place to live.

Q: What do you miss most about South Africa when you are abroad?

A: South African food, pap and meat with chakalaka.

Q: Books that you are currently reading?

A: The last book I read was The Last Symbol by Dan Brown and I'm currently reading an autobiography on Michael Parkinson.

Q: If you could inherit R100million, what would you do with it?

A: I would give a large percentage to the Alex Aids Orphanage and similar charities. They are doing fantastic work.

Q: The first thing you do when you step on to the pitch?

A: I touch the ground and say a few words of thanks.

Q: Your favourite player locally and internationally?

A: Locall, at the moment, it has to be Katlego Mphela and internationally I would have to say Kaká.

Q: Your toughest opponent in the PSL?

A: There are quite a few good players in the league but the toughest would be my own teammates at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Q: Most embarrassing moment on and off the pitch?

A: On the pitch has to be when I score an own goal, but luckily I haven't scored too many of those. Off the pitch was when one daily newspaper reported that I was looking for a wife and it happened to be on the posters on the roads.

I was not looking for a woman because I have a wife.

Q: What is your favourite movie?

A: Gladiator.

Q: Best actor and actress?

A: Actor would be Morgan Freeman and actress Julia Roberts.

Q: If you could invite five people to your dinner table, who they be?

A: It has to be my wife Sonia, Nelson Mandela, US President Barack Obama, comedian Trevor Noah and Muhammad Ali.

Q: Your motto?

A: Perseverance.


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