8 August 2012
George Nyiko Maluleka is the 23-year old up-and-coming star mid-fielder for Supersport United.
GroundUp: What teams have you played for?
Maluleka: Pretoria University, Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United.
GroundUp: How did you get started in soccer?
By playing in the streets of Tembisa. Then I started taking it seriously at school. Then scouts approached me.
GroundUp: What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your journey?
I have learned that talent is never enough and that hard work pays off.
GroundUp: Who is your role model?
Maluleka: My parents have supported me all my life, so my role models are my mom and my dad.
GroundUp: Who are your favorite soccer players?
Maluleka: Andre Iniesta and Wayne Rooney
GroundUp: How do you feel about moving from Ajax Cape Town to Supersport United?
Maluleka: It’s a good move I think. I feel happy and everything is looking good so far. I had a good pre-season training, so yeah the move feels right and I’m happy about it.
GroundUp: What is your favourite pre-game meal?
Maluleka: I normally have pasta with mince meat and chicken and little bit of salad.
GroundUp: What message would you give to the youth out there?
Maluleka: I’d tell kids not to do drugs and that sports would keep them away from all those things. If they have dreams they should believe in them.