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Multi-talented Mazizi Mpolongwana, 19, One Of The Best Athletes In Gauteng

SPORTING sensation Mazizi Mpolongwana has excelled in each and every sporting code he has attempted ever since he started playing soccer, rugby and athletics.

The 19-year-old athlete was born in Edenvale Hospital and grew up in Tembisa before moving to the West Rand.

“I fell in love with football first and got introduced to other sports like rugby and athletics later on in my life,” said Mazizi.

His family moved to Johannesburg when he was four years old and he attended Eastgate Primary School were he gained exposure to new sporting codes.

“I was selected to represent the school in soccer, rugby, cricket and cross country at the age of nine, and was in the team that won the soccer league in the same year,” said Mazizi.

In 2014, at the age of 13, he was already running for the U/14 team and was named the fastest boy in the province and country. Mazizi was a member of his high school rugby team that won the league, and he went on to play for the Gauteng Lions where he put on some impressive performances to secure victory.

Mazizi was an athletics champion for five years in a row, his high school rugby team won the league five times consecutively and the soccer team won the provincial league four times. For the golden boy 2019 was a good year as he was rewarded for his hard work and won a trophy for Sportsman on the Year in Ekurhuleni. After being voted Sportsman of the Year of his school for four years in a row he made the Golden Lions team for two years, and represented the province at the annual Craven Week Rugby Tournament.

Mazizi made his SAB League debut when he was only 14 while playing for Dennis African Stars, and played for the University of Johannesburg (UJ) U/19 side at the age of 16.

He recently trialled for the Highlands Park Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) side for six months, and currently is a triallist at Mapotwana FC competing in the ABC Motsepe League.

(COMPILED BY ROODEPOORT REKORD)

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