Born and bred in a village named Ledig, situated in Rustenburg, Sbusiso Mabiliso (19) who hails from a family of six children learnt about looking out for others and giving back at an early age.
The SA U-20 international has had his fair share of hurdles to overcome in order to get where he is in his career.
‘’I grew up in a family of 6 where I had all their support though it wasn’t easy, but I’m glad that by the grace of God I made it this far.’’
According to the promising left-back financial constraints where also the main challenges many of his then teammates faced early on in their youth and unlike some of the rest, he had to dig deeper.
‘’I never grew up in a rich family, there were many challenges I faced after matriculating because my family did not have enough money to further my education. This as a result affected me as the academy I was attending at the time (Platinum Stars development) only accommodated students so transport money was an issue for some of us,’’
‘’At some point I used to skip training sessions because I needed transport money and my mother was the sole breadwinner at home, so it was tough,’’ said Mabiliso.
However, that did not deter him from pursuing his lifelong dream, as he also credits his success so far to praying and believing in God.
‘’Being someone who is spiritual and who is a firm believer in putting your faith in God, I’ve overcame many different challenges,” he says.
Q & A Begins:
AmaZulu FC: Do you have a life philosophy that you live by?
Sbusiso Mabiliso: I live by the phrase that goes: “Never lose hope.’’
We all know that life can become hard at times, so I try and remind myself to never lose hope even when the going gets tough.
AFC: What motivates you to get up every morning?
SM: The work I have to do, the life I want for myself, my family and most importantly the goals that I’ve set and want to achieve.
AFC: What did you buy with your first pay check?
SM: I sent half of it to my family and bought myself a few things to settle.
AFC: How difficult is it being away from home?
SM: Well, besides generally missing home, I don’t find it difficult because I feel at home when I’m here and seeing my family happy is what matters
AFC: What book or movie has had an influence on your life?
SM: John Hagee’s Daily Truth + A 365-day devotional book.
AFC: What do you want to be remembered as?
SM: I’d like to be remembered as someone who was a great footballer, someone who believed in God and a person who was a source of inspiration and motivation for many people.