Supersport talent Mxabo is inspired by Beckham

Jerry Mxabo with David Beckham. Photo courtesy of Mxabo.

Margo Fortune

27 June 2012

GroundUp interviewed Supersport United’s exciting talent, 19-year-old striker, Jerry Mxabo.

GroundUp: Who inspires you?

Mxabo: So many soccer guys have inspired me in my soccer career, but the main two are Ajax Cape Town Striker Thembinkosi Fanteni and Real Madrid Striker Raúl González.

GroundUp: How old were you when you started playing soccer?

Mxabo: I was six-years-old when I started playing for Lucky Swallows in New Crossroads.

GroundUp: What was your best moment in football?

Mxabo: Winning two provincial medals with two different provinces, playing for the national team, winning the Metropolitan Premier Cup and going to Tottenham Hotspurs in England.

GroundUp: Did you travel to play overseas? How was your first time? Where did you go?

Mxabo: I went to Turkey. It was an amazing experience because I was so young. It was fun. I enjoyed my stay and we were the runners-up in an international tournament.

GroundUp: You met David Beckham, how was that?

Mxabo: Meeting Beckham, wow! That was a truly amazing experience. I must say, he is a good professional footballer, and he is a humble, good role-model and a good leader. He was good to us, and I enjoyed every minute of training with him.

GroundUp: Who is your role model?

Mxabo: Glen Salmon

[Editor’s note: Glen Salmon is a former striker for Supersport United who holds the club record for the most goals in a season. This was in the 1998/99 season when he scored 16.]

GroundUp: What was it like playing in the under-20 soccer tournament this year?

Mxabo: It was awesome, especially when you’re on the field representing your country and winning against the best countries in the world like Brazil. Absolutely great experience.

GroundUp: What teams have you played for?

Mxabo: Johannesburg Strikers, Lucky Swallows, Greater Philippi (amateur), Supersport United (academy), MP Black Aces (loan), Supersport United Premiership League and Under-20 South Africa.

GroundUp: What message would you give to the youth?

Mxabo: Live football. Love football. Play and never give up. You will succeed.