Written by: Christopher Wyngaard
Dylan Orange, a footballer fanatic currently in grade 11 at Oval North High School has been selected to play in a tournament in France later this year.
Plans are already in motion to raise the R36 000 Dylan needs to head to the home of the current Fifa World Cup holders. “I will be heading to Paris to represent Samba Five, but I play for Beacon Spurs and the schools’ soccer team”.
Dylan knew from a young age that soccer was what he wanted to do for a living.
“I don’t think I can play any other sport really, since I started to play soccer, I haven’t even thought about other sports, but if I had to do another sport it would have to be something in athletics like running. Soccer and running go hand in hand so I don’t think it will be hard to change”.
There will be a fundraiser toward the trip on Friday 15 February at Las Vegas Lounge in Mitchell’s Plain. The theme will be Valentines Day. Tickets cost R30 per person. There will be a raffle at R20 per entry and a best dressed competition at R10 per entry.
Dylan insists that his schoolwork will not take a backseat, and if anything, playing soccer has helped him in his schoolwork.
“It’s easy to forget about your schoolwork or to neglect your schoolwork, but I feel that playing soccer has helped me in my schoolwork. I am wiser, I am more focused on my schoolwork, and you can actually use aspects of soccer in your schooling as well. When there’s a problem or something in front of me, I just try to stay calm and work my way through the problem, similar to soccer”, said the 16-year-old.
Dylan has high hopes for himself. He has goals of becoming a mainstay in Europe and strives to one day play for Europe’s elite football clubs such as Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain. “The position I play is midfielder but I play defender as well. My dream club to play for would definitely be Man United, I’m a fan of the, PSG is also a club I want to play for and to think I will be in the same city as them if we do raise the money”.
For tickets to the fundraiser, donations or more information, contact Dylan’s mother Alicia Orange on 078 906 4121 or Shabier Van Niekerk on 074 738 2671.