In Laudium Sun’s Veteran Sporting Enthusiasts column, we feature interviews with veteran sporting fanatics, from within the community, who promoted sporting fervour in their respective fields… (Veteran sporting enthusiasts are invited to send their details to info@laudiumsun.co.za)

· Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Laudium where I lived most of my life. I matriculated from Himalaya Secondary School and am now a Regional Manager for Nedbank.

· Tell us a little about your family.

I have been married for 22 years and we have been blessed with 2 amazing sons.

· Tell us about your sporting career history.

I started playing soccer from the age of 6, for Pretorians Football Club and played league football until the age of 32. Most of that time I was with Santos F.C. and finished my league participation with Birds F.C. I played as a striker. I also represented my school and played cricket as well.

· How many years in the sporting field?

I played league soccer for 26 years but considering that I still play, it makes that a total of 42 years.

· For all our readers, please tell us what attracted you to this sport?

It teaches you discipline, respect, understanding, diversity and being a team player.

· What was your favourite victory and proudest moment?

I would have to say the semi-final game where we played against Royal Hearts. I was working that day and arrived late for the game. There were 20 minutes left and we were 1-0 down. I came on and scored 2 goals taking us into the final.

· How did you develop your skill?

Practice, listening to my coaches and watching games.

· Who is your greatest inspiration?

From a sporting perspective it would have to be the greats like Pele and Maradonna but from a personal perspective it would be our beloved Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

· What would you like the youth to take from your passion for the sports?

Nothing comes easy, but with commitment and effort anyone can overcome weaknesses or challenges and improve on strengths.

·What has this sport taught you off the field?

Respect and tolerance for everyone and the importance of team work.

· What message would you like to give to our readers?

Sport has the ability to bring people together and most of all keeps our youth of the streets. If we have kids who love sports, it is important for us to encourage and support them.

· Whom would you like to thank for your accolades? 

God Almighty, my family, friends, coaches, teachers, fellow team mates and the Laudium Sun for this opportunity.

Basheer Motala (48)
Santos FC (2011) – Circled: Basheer Motala.