Former professional footballer returns to the Soccer Institute

By Phenyo Mokgothu and Lerato Tshweu

Former professional footballer Ngunezi Mkhize has re-enrolled at the North-West University (NWU) Soccer Institute to further his football career and complete his studies.

The Soccer Institute is renowned for developing soccer players, coaches and administrators – producing well-rounded individuals with tertiary qualifications, as a football career is usually short-lived.

Ngunezi's football journey saw stints with professional teams such as Pretoria Callies FC and Polokwane City FC, as well as his previous tenure with the Soccer Institute in 2019.

He has also played for premier soccer league teams such as Golden Arrows FC and Royal Eagles (now Royal AM FC).

His road lead him back to the NWU after an interim period with UThongathi FC in the 2020/2021 season.

Despite the league's dismissal due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ngunezi's tenure at UThongathi FC saw notable success as the team finished in the top eight. Now, seizing the opportunity to resume his studies while pursuing his passion for football, Ngunezi is eager to make the most of his time at the NWU.

He says he is eager to continue his education while making meaningful contributions to the football team. "Resuming my studies while playing football is a holistic approach."

NWU coach Amos Xabanisa emphasises the strategic significance of Ngunezi's return, noting his wealth of experience and compatible playing style.

Underlining the importance of balance in critical positions, coach Xabanisa lauds Ngunezi's return and highlights his multifaceted role beyond his on-field performance.

“Ngunezi’s expertise extends beyond football. Acting as a mentor to younger teammates, he draws upon his extensive career to guide his teammates through the intricacies of sports, academics and personal development.”

Former professional footballer Ngunezi Mkhize has rejoined the NWU Soccer Institute.

Submitted on Wed, 03/27/2024 - 10:28