Kaizer Chiefs visit Siyabonga Ngezana's old school for Mandela Day
Posted: 18 July 2018 Time: 18:05
Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana and his teammates embarked on a charity drive as they visited his old school in Soweto for Mandela Day.
Ngezana and the Soweto giants went back to their roots as they paid a visit to Altmont Technical High School in Protea South on Wednesday afternoon.
Not only was their presence a massive boost to the morale of the pupils, but the club, accompanied by digital manager Kemiso Motaung, also handed over soccer kits, cleaning utensils and sanitry pads in an effort to promote holistic hygiene.
The school is said to have had an extremely high teenage pregnancy rate in recent years, making the visit all the more important to try and educate and inspire the kids to make better life choices.
Ngezana, meanwhile, was a pupil at the school prior to matriculating in 2016, and still holds fond memories of his time there as he returned to give back for the first time since making his Amakhosi debut last year.
"I think I matriculated here two years back, and fortunately I passed because of the support that my former coach Steve Komphela gave me," Ngezana said.
"He taught me that there's a time for football and there's a time to study, so it was a need for me to finish up everything so that I can focus on my career."
With club and junior national team duties affecting his time in class, the 20-year-old often had to make time for his studies in camp and over the weekends.
"It was difficult to concentrate, but through the support of the club and my teachers here at Almond – they were all behind me to make sure that I would study through our camps with the national Under-20 side," he added.
"They would give me all the work and they would make sure, even on a Saturday, that I am completing it."
Having done subjects such as engineering and design, the Bafana Bafana centre-back is hoping to enroll in tertiary studies later this. His wish is to complete a sporting qualification part-time before returning to engineering at a later stage.