“I find my studies interesting,” says Siyabonga Ngezana, “it is so far so good to be studying Sports Management. But it is challenging because of the balancing act that is involved in my life at the moment.”
Ngezana, a graduate of the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Academy is also an U-23 National Team player. “The balance is key because I have to focus on my studies while at the same getting regular call ups to the national team. I’m driven by passion and dedication to achieve my dreams. I have to focus on all fronts to reach my goals.”
The fullback is determined and want to complete his studies, “I want to give my studies all my best,” he adds. “While at the same time not neglecting my football career. Education and football go hand in glove for me.”
With the school exams having started already, Ngezana encourages all the exam candidates to, “have passion, be dedicated and work hard to achieve your dreams.” The hard tackling defender concludes: “It takes a believe in yourself and putting more work in the studies. Mostly focus and know that there’s life after football. And I wish everyone sitting for exams during this period all of the best.”
Ngezana is an example of process and progress. With so much happening in his football career life, he believes education is key to a prosperous future.
Leading both on and off the pitch, veteran Bernard Parker is studying Higher Certificate in Sports Marketing Management. “It is going well, and I am enjoying myself,” he says. “The good thing about it is that I am studying part time. I do make sure I make time for books in between family and football.” Parker too preaches balance, “and it is important to maintain the balance in all aspects of life. Education is key. If you are not keen to study careers outside of sports, then make yourself wiser within the many careers relating to sport.”
Parker shares his message with the 2019 examination candidates, “You have come a long way to get so far. Be proud of yourself, trust the process and enjoy the journey,” says ‘Die Hond’ as Parker is affectionately known. “Make the best of it and good luck to the class of 2019.”
The club takes education as central to the development of the players holistically by providing the players with support throughout their studies.
We wish all those writing final year examinations all the best.