Dream to be a professional footballer

"My name is Chumani Jijana.

"My name is Chumani Jijana.

"I was born on October 29 1994 in Umtata, Eastern Cape. I am presently in Grade 8 at the Mzimvubu Junior Secondary School and I want to become a professional footballer after I complete my studies.

"Being part of Shona Khona is a dream come true. I started playing football when I was nine years old.

" At present I play for the under-15s of Tembu Royals Football Club. I play in any midfield position, but I am most comfortable playing right wing.

"I love setting up penetrating passes to attack, to get into top-scoring positions and to confuse opposition defenders.

"My favourite local player is Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana midfield maestro Surprise Moriri. I love the way he thinks and distributes the ball.

"Internationally, my favourite player is Lionel Messi. He is very unpredictable and a match winner.

lThe author - Chumani Jijana - and 44 other aspirant soccer superstars, will attend the national talent search, soccer coaching and life skills camp of Shona Khona, the education in sport initiative of Reckitt Benckiser and Metro Cash & Carry, in partnership with Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, Manchester United's sponsors AIG, Imperial Europcar, sports management agency, ForwardZone and media and publicity partners Sowetan and the SABC. The camp will be held at Transnet's and SA Football Association's Soccer School of Excellence in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, from July 25 to July 27.