The past few years have been a whirlwind journey for young cricketer Nduduzo Mfoza whose humble sporting beginnings in a township school in Mariannhill near Pinetown have exploded into his inclusion in the Coca-Cola South Africa U19 setup that is currently readying themselves for their upcoming seven match Youth ODI series against Bangladesh U19 side that gets underway at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday.
The Glenwood High School matric pupil reflects fondly on his journey thus far as is looking forward to making a telling impact when he gets his chance in the upcoming series’ clashes in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
“Coming from a township school to Glenwood and now being a part of the South African U19 team has been a great experience for me; I’m enjoying every single moment of this!” beams Mfoza.
“Hopefully I can do well and take wickets this series. I will make sure that I use every single chance I get!” he adds with a strong sense of determination.
Mfoza’s cricketing interests first developed through his exposure to KFC Mini Cricket festivals in his area as a young boy before the launch of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union’s Sunfoil Development programme sparked his true passion for the sport.
“After mini cricket, I started playing a little more seriously in grade seven when Mr. Linda Zondi started the township development programme with us,” explains Mfoza.
“The programme then gave me a scholarship to Glenwood which took me from the township and gave me opportunities.
“From there I have looked to use those opportunities but the Sunfoil Development programme has played a huge role in my success and without them I don’t think I would be here (in the South Africa U19 mix) today!”
Having made the switch from seam to spin upon his arrival at Glenwood in Grade 8, the young left arm orthodox bowler highlights the positive effects playing alongside the likes of Sunfoil Dolphins middle order batsman Khaya Zondo at club level has had on his career while also confirming the U19 setup isn’t the summit of his national aspirations.
“Khaya Zondo and a couple others at my club here in Durban, African Warriors, have been great to have around because they are experienced and have helped us youngsters grow up as cricketers.
“I hope to play for the KZN amateur side next year and then I’ll take it from there; maybe I will play for the Dolphins after that but my main goal is to play for the Proteas one day!
For now though, the SA U19 assignment is all that occupies Mfoza’s thoughts before he turns his attention to his next major life step – matric end of year exams.