One simple advice from the best striker: shoot whenever you have a chance
When asking Mr. Henry Limpitshi Bongwanga from Great Britain’s team, who won the prize of being the best striker for his 12 goals during the WMF U21 World Cup, to tell us about his background and what his path to become a Minifootball player was, it seemed that the success came naturally.
He played 11 a side football since the age of 6/7 for various clubs.
His path to Minifootball was not a hard one, as he states, having won the league last year (2017) as part of his university team and being top goal scorer, he was selected for the U21 national team. This exactly was a challenge he was looking forward to, as he had to slightly adjust to playing 6 a side Football, that he only played with friends before and was used to the structure of the game.
As secret ingredient for success, he unequivocally points out: “Always having the hunger to score goals.” He guesses that when playing 6 a side with friends, he’s taken the simple foundation of that, and just applied it in the World Cup, which was: shooting whenever he had the chance to, and fortunately for him: most of them went in.
Said like this, seems like pure luck. But being focused, with this kind of precision and staying stabile during all the games undertakes at least a decade of practicing. It also depends on the cooperation within among team members. Commenting on the importance of teamwork for the final results, he says: “Teamwork is very important, all the players on the pitch have to be switched on and constantly talking and helping each other out, even those on the bench have to be switched on at all times because they can be on the pitch at any moment.”
As for future plans, Mr. Limpitshi Bongwanga would be looking forward to play at the next World Cup as he enjoyed the experience in Czech Republic. Moreover, he is hopeful to become a professional Football player at some point in future, and enjoy it.
Having the strength to continue developing his career in this sport, and being under the spot light after the WMF U21 World Cup, he certainly inspires the others to become better players. When asked what he would recommend to kids that would like to start playing Minifootball, he said: “They should definitely take up the game and start anywhere they can, with friends or with a team, it’s a great game and if the hard work is put in, then a lot can be achieved from it.”
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