University of Zululand (UNIZULU) goalkeeper Lindokuhle “Vonk” Mthembu has been selected as part of the 20-men intervarsity national team to represent the country at the 2015 World Varsity Games.
The biennial games to be held in Gwangju, South Korea from the 3rd to the 14th of July would see hundreds of players from universities across the world competing in various sporting codes.
The 24-year-old Mthembu, who also plies his trade at Thanda Royal Zulu Football Club who are placed 3rd on the Mvela League, said he was very excited about the selection and also revealed that he is the only player in the squad to come from a KwaZulu-Natal university.
He already boasts a promising future as last year he was honoured as University Sport SA (USSA) goalkeeper of the year following the intervarsity tournament, held in December, where UNIZULU soccer team were runners-up.
But the Development Studies student realises that soccer is a short career which is why he has decided to pursue an honours degree this year.
Mthembu’s selection came after his participation in the national selection camp held in Bloemfontein at the weekend. The camp saw dozens of selected players from various South African universities try out for places in the senior and the Under 21 USSA national teams.
Three other players from UNIZULU had been selected to take part in the camp. Two of them, Senzo Myeni and Siphesihle Ndaba, were selected as stand-by members of the senior and the under 21 teams respectively. This means that they would be on call as replacements should any of the selected players not be able to make it.
Thobelani Ndaba who tried out for the Under 21 team expressed his disappointment at not making it into the national team but said the experience had been an eye-opener for him. “It is every player’s dream to represent his country and so I was a bit disappointed at not being selected but it was also a good experience. Once there, one got exposed to coaches and other styles of playing, so it was a very good experience.
We will keep on working hard to ensure that we make UNIZULU proud”.