Although just 25 years of age, Usuthu winger Simphiwe Lumkwana is quite the journeyman, both in football terms and from his early childhood life having lived in the Eastern Cape in Engcobo where he was born.
Fast track to 2018 and the well-spoken player also well known as Jimmy is in his third year as a Durban resident, a city he transitioned from after living in Cape Town from the age of two.
Even with the circumstances he grew up around, he never allowed it to discourage him from fulfilling his dreams of making to professional football.
‘’There was a lot of gansterisim where I grew up, so it was a challenge for me but, through God’s grace I made it through,’’ said Lumkwana.
The midfielder joined AmaZulu in 2016 from ABC Motsepe outfit, Steenburg United with quite a bit of experience under his belt having also played for Chippa United and Peacemakers FC.
AmaZuluFC.net spoke to the player to gain more insight into the kind of person he is when he isn’t on the field.
AmaZulu FC: Have you always played the position you are playing now?
SL: I have always played as a midfielder, even from a young age.
AFC: What is the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
SL: (laughs) I would say buying beers for my friends back in the old days, and obviously I would say the best purchase I have made is buying my wedding ring.
AFC: Do you practice a certain diet while you are training or during the soccer season?
SL: I do eat well. I also look at how the other players who play in my position eat and also take tips from that as well.
AFC: Do you have a special routine that you practice before playing a big match?
SL: I always engage in prayer before any match or training. That is my lifestyle, every time I wake up I make sure I pray.
AFC: What advice would you give young players who want to become professional soccer players?
SL: Firstly, I would say that the talent is God given. I would advise them to get to know God, he is the only one who knows our journey and obviously you have to work hard.
AFC: What is your first football memory?
SL: I would say watching a game when I was young with my father.