Chad le Roux is still in grade 10, but he is already making a big contribution to soccer at Jeppe, and he clearly has a bright future in the game.
He was named the defender of the tournament at the Grey College tournament during the holidays and played a big part in Jeppe’s success this season.
“We came 7th out of 24 at Grey,” he explained, “and we were unlucky to lose in the quarterfinals to one of the Academy sides that were there. That’s the best we have ever done and Grey, I believe. We came second at the Waterstone tournament over Easter and fourth at St David’s. We only lost three times in inter-school matches, so I think it has been a good season for us.”
Chad gives a lot of the credit to their coach, Mr Kolkenbeck-Ruh. “We are much better organised than ever before and Mr Ruh has introduced structure to our play. We worked hard at practices and I believe we can only get better,” he said.
Chad, who plays for the SuperSport United Academy team, enjoys the short school season. “It’s a nice change, and a lot of fun,” he said. “We have become a group of close friends and it’s great to play in front of people you know, which doesn’t happen at the club.”
The SuperSport Academy team has only lost once this season and they stand a good chance of winning their league, Chad said. He has to travel to Centurion, by Gautrain, five days a week for training, which takes a lot of dedication from him, and his father, who takes and fetches him from the station every day.
He believes he has a future in the game and was approached at the Grey tournament by an organisation that arranges bursaries to American universities, so he is waiting to see if anything comes from that. If it doesn’t work out he will be looking to go to a local university and play for them.
Before then, however, he has two more years at Jeppe and he is looking forward to more success with the black and whites.