Twin football stars Thubelihle and Sphumelele Shamase (18) are taking the football world by storm, fulfilling their dreams of representing their country and their township internationally.
By Zakithi Dlamini - Freelance Journalist
These internationally acclaimed footballers from Waterloo joined the eThekwini Municipality team back in high school and soon saw their talent recognised!
They have since played in Germany among other top players from Spain, Japan, China, Brazil and other European Countries and represented eThekwini Municipality and Africa in One Nation Cup Tournament, flying the South African flag high and bringing pride to their township of Waterloo.
Life wasn't easy for the star twins, who were raised by their grandmother after they lost their mother when they were only one month old. However, the determined pair managed to rise above the odds. They started playing football when they were just seven years old and didn't believe their talent would see them go so far in the sporting world.
“I’m so passionate about football. I’ve grown to love the sport more and more each day. It has opened great doors for me. When I grow old, football will always be close to my heart and I plan to get into coaching. I just cannot leave football,” said Thubelihle.
Her sister, Sphumelele shares the same passion for the sport and the same dream.
“Football is our life. Doing what you love each day is so satisfying. I also plan to get into coaching when I grow old and cannot play. Football is what we do best and it's even more fun to share the passion with my twin sister, “ said Sphumelele.
Currently, the young superstars are proud to be members of Sunflower Women Football Club and said that playing for the national team has been the highlight of their football career.
The pair shares a special bond and says they are inseparable. Besides their shared love for soccer, they also love the same movies, books and other sports. Now that the sisters have matriculated they aim to study further in the near future.
“People must not let their background hold them back from fulfilling their dreams. Hard work and dedication can lead to anyone's success. Nothing is impossible,” added Thubelihle.
“We were raised by only our gogo but that didn't stop us from pursuing our dream. It may not be soccer, but everybody has their talent and passion. All they need to do is to nurture it and make it a success. Work hard and don't give up, “ Sphumelele said.
Their manager, Manah Nhlema agrees that the stars have great talent and that their future looks bright.
“The Shamase twins are one of a kind. It is very rare to find twins who are both exceptional in the same sport. Young as they are, they are very professional and dedicated to Sunflower WFC. As a club we really appreciate their presence and the sacrifice they always make just to be part of the team, “ said Manah.
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