Hard work is key - Tuks Goalkeeper

Margo Fortune
Photo courtesy of Lebo Ngubeni.
Margo Fortune

Lebo Ngubeni is the University of Pretoria’s 19-year-old goalkeeper. He also plays for the South African under 20 team. GroundUp caught up with him.

GroundUp: What Teams you played for?

Lebo: Semolle Academy, Bophelo Academy, Tuks Academy, Spartak and Amatuks

GroundUp: How did you get started in soccer?

Lebo: I started back at home in Naboomspruit in the Limpopo Province in primary school.

GroundUp: What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your journey?

Lebo: I have learned how to respect other people. I have also learned how hard our role models have worked to be where they are.

GroundUp: Who is your role model?

Lebo: No one specific. My role models are all the goalkeepers in the country.

**GroundUp: Who is your favourite soccer player?***

Lebo: Paul Scholes of Manchester United

GroundUp: How was your game against Nigeria last Friday? (South Africa under 20 beat Nigeria under 20.)

Lebo: It was very nice and challenging. I enjoyed it.

GroundUp: How many years have you been playing for Tuks (University Pretoria)?

Lebo: Three years.

GroundUp: What is your favourite pre-game meal?

Lebo: Pasta and Chicken Breasts.

GroundUp: What message would you give to youth?

Lebo: All youth must be brave enough to follow their dreams, believe in God and always remember that to live like a king you have to work like a slave. Hard work and a lot of determination goes a long way you can do and become anything in life.

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