Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football writer
1 minute read
17 Sep 2015
3:33 pm

Phala – Futsal is the future

Sibongiseni Gumbi

SuperSport United captain Thuso Phala had to endure difficult times on his way to become a star that he is today. Among the stumbling blocks on his way was rejection. 

At age 13, he hoped to get into the School of Excellence, which at the time was every young boy’s dream as it was a sure way to soccer stardom. But he was turned down. It took a lot of courage and his mother Susan’s support to get him where he is today.

This has made him want to make the journey a little more bearable for the youngsters, although he believes enduring some difficulties along the way is good for one’s character. That is why he has started the Thuso Phala Foundation, which runs a training centre for boys between the age of 11 and 13, and which he hopes to turn into an academy in the future.

“I want kids to know my story, so they know that one needs to be courageous. My foundation is my way of giving something back to the community,” he says.

For now, his training centre uses Futsal, and he believes it is the best way for development: “We are using Futsal. Countries like Brazil and Argentina use it in their development structures, and look how many great players they are churning out.

“I think it is a great tool for development as it demands for one to be quick, intelligent and decisive. You get very little time on the ball and sometimes it’s best to know what to do with it even before it gets to you,” he says.