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Education and Sport a Winning Combination for Law Graduate

April 19, 2017

Golden Arrows midfielder Mr Njabulo Sithole graduating with his LLB.

Mastering law and dominating on the football field are part of life for Bachelor of Laws (LLB) graduate and Golden Arrows midfielder, Mr Njabulo Sithole.

Sithole’s newly acquired LLB is the latest addition to his growing list of impressive achievements, which include representing South Africa in soccer in Hong Kong and New Zealand in 2010. 

Also on his list of accomplishments are being awarded the UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarship for outstanding achievements in sport at international, national or provincial levels in 2014 and, more recently, being part of the team that won the MultiChoice Diski Challenge and represented South Africa in The Netherlands in 2016.

‘From the beginning I knew it was not going to be easy studying towards an LLB. However, I adopted a determined approach very early that worked for me and allowed me to finish my degree in record time - I never failed one module,’ said Sithole.

The PSL player, who signed with Golden Arrows in 2013, knew that being a young star would be challenging but his determination kept him going.

‘My biggest setback was dislocating my right shoulder during a game and - because my education could not be delayed - having to write tests through the pain. Also, when I was doing my third year it was hard to balance the heavy study load with all the travelling and team training.

‘My friends and coaches played a big role in making sure I was up to date with work.

They showed interest and support in ensuring I graduated,’ said Sithole.

While he plans to concentrate on soccer and hopefully play for Bafana Bafana, Sithole’s current goals include pursuing his Masters in Maritime Studies.

‘I am taking a little break from soccer to focus on my masters. I have been studying and playing soccer almost my whole life and having these qualifications will open a lot of doors for me. I really appreciate the support of my parents, team managers and coaches in helping me get this far,’ he said.

Thandiwe Jumo

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