Local News 27.7.2016 12:01 pm

Dikwena keeper sad to be missing Olympics

Steven Hoffman of Platinum Stars. (Photo by Ashley

Steven Hoffman of Platinum Stars. (Photo by Ashley

Platinum Stars new goalkeeper Steven Hoffman says he is sad to have missed out on the Under-23 squad that will represent the country the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

The 22-year old joined the Rustenburg based outfit from National First Division (NFD) side Vasco da Gama, where he was a first choice goalkeeper for the Cape side. Hoffman was part of the Under-23 team that played the qualifiers, but missed out on the Caf Under-23 Championships which were held in Senegal where they booked their spot in Rio.

“It’s a bit sad that I am missing the Rio Olympics. It was one of my dreams to make the Olympics. It’s unfortunate that I am missing that,” Hoffman told the clubs website.

However, the young shot-stopper is determined to start a new life at Dikwena, where he believes he will grow and one day get a call-up to the senior national team.

“It’s tough moving out of my comfort zone in Cape Town to move to a different province and city. The guys here at Stars have been very welcoming. I am at Stars and it’s obviously one of the biggest steps I could have taken from the NFD. Stars are a top quality team,” he added.

“I believe the move to Stars will earn me a place, though I have to work for it, in the Bafana Bafana team. I would be fighting to represent my country in a World Cup. There’s world cup coming soon. There’s also one in 2022.”

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