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Ntsabeleng – I Was Told I Was Too Small To Play

South African born midfielder Tsiki Ntsabeleng who just signed with Major League side FC Dallas has expressed how excited he is to be fulfilling his dream after he was told he’s too small to play.

Ntsabeleng also mentioned that after Spain won the 2010 World Cup, which was hosted in South Africa, it gave him more reasons to believe that he can fulfill his dream.

iDiski Times reported on Ntsabeleng joining the MLS side when he was drafted in January.

“For the most part of my career, I was told I was too small to play,” Ntsabeleng told FC Dallas’ media department. “But when I saw a team like Spain, with all short players winning the World Cup, it kind of gave me motivation and showed that it’s possible for everybody despite their size.

“And for me, that’s the biggest inspiration I got really. Even if you’re a small player, it doesn’t matter. If you work hard, you can still achieve your dreams.” he added

The former Stars of Africa and Kaizer Chiefs youth player was scouted by the University of Coastal Carolina while he was playing for UJ and offered a scholarship. He went on to play for the American College for two years.

“When (Coastal Carolina) offered me a scholarship, they told me the path to get to the pros,” he said.

“They told me the challenges I might have as an international player. All pro teams only have a certain amount of international spots on their team which may make it a little bit difficult for me. But I understood the task and I was ready to move on and get to work.”

Ntsabeleng entered the 2022 Major League SuperDraft where was taken 29th overall by FC Dallas.

“Once I saw my name (drafted), I was speechless. I didn’t know how to react,” Ntsabeleng continued “It’s like a dream come true. I’ve been working so hard for this, so to see it happen right in front of me, it’s amazing.”

The South African born attacking midfielder showed his excitement and dedicated the new contract to his father. He also expressed how his father use to push him to work even more hard.

“(This contract) means a lot to me, especially for me and my dad,” Ntsabeleng added. “He taught me to always believe in hard work and sacrifice. This contract is dedicated to him. This means a lot to me and my family and it’s one step closer to the other big goals I have in life.”

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Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.