He might seem like a reserved person at first glance or from afar, but Usuthu promising central Xolani Slawula is quite the comedian around his teammates.
Having recently rejoined AmaZulu from a three-season long loan with National First Division side Uthongathi FC, the 22-year-old man beams with delight at finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of playing in the Premier Soccer League.
“I grew up in Tongaat where I had a very humble upbringing. What inspired me to play soccer was seeing my father play when I was younger,” he said.
The burly built defender says although life wasn’t as rosy growing up he credits his father for allowing him to pursue a career in the unpredictable sporting industry despite the challenges that he and his peers faced back home face on a daily basis.
“From witnessing my father play I realised that this might be the most suitable career path for me too,” he stated.
“The area where I come from isn’t as supportive for people to work on their talents, especially in sports. Most of the youth there are also deep in alcohol addiction,” he revealed.
He has managed though to rise above the difficult challenges. “It took me quite a while to keep my priorities in check which are my career and my family,” he said.
We also hit Xolani with six quick questions which give better insight into the kind of person the young uncompromising defender is.
AmaZulu FC: What do you do in your spare time?
Xolani Slawula: I usually relax by I listening to music.
AFC: What does your training schedule look like?
XS: I usually train from Monday to Friday.
AFC: Who do you look up to?
XS: I look up to Mbulelo Mabizela and Siyabonga Sangweni.
AFC: Which teammate of yours is the best to follow on twitter and why?
XS: Nhlanhla Vilakazi, because he always posts motivational quotes. Even talking to him he’s always full of motivation.
AFC: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
XS: Playing in the PSL and gaining promotion to the NFD with Uthongathi FC.
AFC: Favorite PlayStation game?
XS: FIFA 16.