Mpumelelo Moncho’s soccer journey began four years ago when her mother, a former soccer player herself, introduced her daughter to the sport.
In a stunning run at the recent inter-regional games, Kevin Nkoane Primary School’s Under-14 girls’ soccer team displayed their exceptional talent, securing the championship title with determination and finesse. Adding to the dazzle, sixth-grader Mpumelelo Moncho emerged as a standout sensation on the field.
Moncho’s soccer journey began four years ago when her mother, a former soccer player herself, introduced her daughter to the sport. Starting at just 10 years old, Moncho quickly caught Coach Mbulelo Jack’s attention. Under his guidance, her skills flourished, making her a formidable presence on the soccer field.
Her remarkable achievement of scoring 24 goals during the tournament has solidified her spot in the team and marked her as a rising star. Affectionately called the ‘Jazz Queen’ by teammates, Moncho’s prowess not only secured her school’s victory but also set an unmatched record in the tournament’s history.
“I just want to make my school and family proud,” Moncho stated in a conversation with the DFA. She said that she practises rigorously, dedicating three days a week to training with the team and further engaging in friendly matches with her friends after school. Her commitment and unwavering passion for the game have undoubtedly contributed to her development.
Moncho’s success story is not only inspiring her peers but also sending a powerful message to young girls who aspire to excel in sports. She advises them to ignore negative comments and instead take initiative in their own learning journeys.
Her words serve as a reminder that dedication, hard work, and self-belief can pave the way to some pretty remarkable achievements.