Mandiranga is Not Giving Up On His Dream Anytime Soon!



By Allistar Marunya

To make your dream a reality you have to put in the extra work or else that dream will either die down or remain a dream. Dreams are not for the dreamers only, who imagine and fantasize things but do not work to the best of their capability to make those dreams, imaginations, fantasies or whatever you want to call them come true. I

I have had the opportunity to talk to one of the most amazing soccer players of our time from Zimbabwe, who was born and raised in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza. This 'superstar' as I would love to call him is none other than Emmanuel Mandiranga, born in 1996 at the Harare maternity hospital.
As a kid he always dreamt of being a professional soccer player and kept himself determined that nothing would come his way, he told himself that he'd shake mountains and move those that stood in the way of his dream of being a soccer player. He studied at Zengeza 4 Primary for his primary education and later went to Churchill High for his secondary education. Unfortunately he didn't get the opportunity to further his studies in the tertiary field as he was still focused on pursuing his dream to make sure it became a reality.

Honestly I'm no lover of soccer deeply but I have always wondered how soccer players lives are after soccer, if they are always up and running , if they have time to themselves or time with their families? This is really just so complex but back to the topic, I asked Emmanuel to tell me a bit more about his journey to become the person he is today and this is what he said,
"You don't just wake up and say to yourself that you wanna be a soccer player or whatever it is you want to pursue in life. I myself have always wanted to make soccer a part of my life and so growing up I'd play soccer on the streets with the other kids with the hope that one day I'd make it so it was during those days playing soccer on the streets when I was in grade 7 (2008) that my break through finally came.

"I was playing soccer for a team called Farpost at a certain tournament when Aces Youth Soccer Academy recognized me and wanted me to sign under them. The funny part about it all is that I had already tried to register twice with them but they rejected me and I was on the edge of giving up when they finally saw my talent.
"I won't try to deceive you and say I wasn't touched by this but honestly speaking, how many people have given up on their dream because they felt that they were not being recognized? How many people let their dream slide away because they didn't have the necessary tools to build it ?
"It's really sad how most of our youth end up giving up and letting go because they have reached that point where they feel that all their efforts have come to nothing but that's one thing about dreams, you not supposed to give up on them that easily", said Emmanuel.

According to Mandiranga, sometimes all you need is family support and you are good to go.
"My family has been nothing but a blessing to me, they have supported me throughout my whole career. My mom was reluctant about the whole soccer idea at first but grew to respect my decision and support me since it's that one thing that makes me ever so happy", he said.

I then asked him how things are now compared to the way they were back then and this is what he had to say
"Since the days when I signed up with Aces Youth Soccer Academy things have gone relatively quite well for me, signing up with them at the time was really a dream come true and as time passed I've been able to make more and more positive strides towards my goal.
"Currently, I'm an outside midfielder for Dynamos and I'm really glad to be part of that family because it has great people that have groomed me to be the man my parents can be proud of", said the footballer.

If this article doesn't touch you and make you understand that giving up is never an alternative then I don't know what will...
I hope that a lot of people out there will be touched by the story of this young talented gentleman and will be inspired to work just a little bit harder in making their dreams become a reality.

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