Our Media Officer, Nigel Naicker sat down with him to chat about his career which saw him head to Portugal as a teenager from the Cape Flats to playing in the top flight of South African football.
NN: What made you fall in love with the game of football?
RDR: You're taking me back now hey. I've always had a passion for the game. I've really learnt to love the game from the age of 8 when I first started. Football has been my passion ever since I started kicking a ball.
NN: Did you always want to be a defender?
RDR: I was an attacker but at the age of 16 my coach at ASD Cape Town converted me into a centre-back.
NN: Who was your idol growing up watching football?
RDR: It's always been Christiano Ronaldo but obviously in my position and at the moment it is Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
NN: If you weren't playing football, what other career path do you think you would pursue?
RDR: You know I ask myself the same question sometimes hey but I can't think of anything else. Football is always something I've wanted to do. Maybe I'd probably go into sports management where I can learn about football.
NN: Tell us about growing up in Cape Town how did it influence your football career ?
RDR: Where I come from, it's rough out there. The Cape Flats in Cape Town. When I just started playing, I didn't know I was really that good, obviously I loved the game but after a while probably around the age of 16, I realised I have some potential. There was lots of crime in my community so football was an escape route. To really achieve something special. Through football I have met people who have helped me along the way just to be the person I am today. Football has really turned my life around for the better.
NN: What drives you as a footballer ?
RDR :My parents, I want to give them a better life. You know it wasn't easy for us growing up. I love football. I'm a winner. I give my all whenever I play. That's just something in me you know, you can't buy that. I have that drive to want to win all the time.
NN: What does playing for Maritzburg United mean to you?
RDR: It's a big deal for me, I've always wanted to play in the PSL and to play under a coach like Fadlu Davids. Under him I've progressed a lot. This is a big club with lots of supporters, I'm really privileged to be part of Maritzburg United and I know we can grow together.
NN: Best mate at Maritzburg and why ?
RDR: I've got lots of close friends at Maritzburg but I think Denwin Farmer at the moment. We rent a place together and he's really funny. I enjoy being around him.
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