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Published: 14 August 2019

GRADUATE NYONI SAYS EDUCATION & FOOTBALL A FINE BALANCING ACT
     
   
 

Maritzburg United's new signing Gabriel Nyoni has arrived at the Team of Choice as a fresh graduate.

     
 

 

The Zimbabwe international forward, who holds an honours degree in marketing, was one of nine new winter arrivals at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

He has also been the quickest to adapt, slotting into coach Eric Tinkler's attacking line almost seamlessly so far.
This week the 26-year-old spoke to us about the challenges he faced balancing both a footballing career and a tertiary education simultaneously.

 

"It was challenging when I was doing it but it was all about time management and managing my schedule for football and studies," Nyoni said.

 

"I studied at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. It was a Bachelor of Commerce honours degree in marketing that I completed it in 2016."

 

For Nyoni, his education is not over just there as he has even further plans after football.

 

He continued: "I'm looking forward to doing my masters but not right now as I don't have time for that but when I finish football I'm looking forward to doing my masters and PHD.

 

"Our career is short as footballers. We have about 10 to 15 years for our career and after that we have a long life to live so if we don't maximise the time we will be playing, we will find it difficult after football.

 

"So I also encourage other footballers to do something that will help them prepare for life after football."

 

The 'Blitz' - as he is referred to by coach Eric due to his outstanding pace - has already featured in one when he excelled against Golden Arrows in the opening game of 2019/20.

 

Nyoni and his new team mates drew their round two encounter against Highlands Park last Friday and are currently on a break before their next game away to Stellenbosch FC on August 25.


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