Two Joburg grown homies, Michael Madosh Tambwe and Hacjivah Dyamani, delivered stellar performances during this years’ provincial Under 19 competition and will be in action in the final against Western Province in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Tambwe, who graduated from Parktown Boys High last year and Dyamani, who is currently writing his matric at Jeppe Boys High are living their dream of being professional rugby players.
Madosh is the joint top try scorer in the Under 19 competition with his team-mate Stean Pienaar, crossing the whitewash all of 13 times in 12 outings. He will start from the bench in the final.
But scoring tries or even playing rugby wasn’t always Madosh’s thing. He enjoyed soccer while he also excelled in athletics and cricket.
In Grade 7 a teacher recommended he try out for rugby because of his athleticism. At first his family didn’t understand the game and when his father saw the bruising on his body after a game, he questioned his son if this is what he really wanted to do.
“I stuck with rugby and after South Africa won the World Cup in 2007, I was a big fan. Now my family is my biggest support system and I wouldn’t be able to do this without them,” he says.
Madosh, which means Michael in French (his father was born in the Congo), says he doesn’t think of scoring tries when he runs onto the field. “It is a team thing. We don’t focus on individuals scoring tries. If we do what is necessary and work together as a team, the tries will come. It is a team effort.”
He represented the Golden Lions at the Craven Week last year and signed a two year deal with the Union. One of his goals, besides winning the Cup this weekend, is to represent South Africa at the Junior World Championships next year.
“It would also be a privilege to play for the Lions senior side in the not too distant future. I am extremely happy here at the Lions,” the flyer, who would be available for UJ next season, commented.
His favourite rugby players in world rugby are the All Blacks Waisake Naholo and Sonny Bill Williams. “Both of them did not have it easy growing up and worked hard for their success.”
With that attitude, try scoring ability and those heroes it seems Madosh’ dreams are within reach. One hurdle at a time.
Dyamani always expected a call from the Lions, although he still finds himself behind a school desk but were still very surprised when it finally came.
“It was a huge honour when I got the call to report for training one afternoon. My first game was against the Leopards and while I was used to the big moment having played Sevens on the international circuit, it was still a big step-up from what I was used to.
“The intensity was high and there was a definite game-plan. At school each one just does his own thing. At this level it is all about the team effort.”
Dyamani started playing rugby in grade 5 at Cradock Laerskool. He was born in Cape Town but the family moved to Cradock and in 2009 they relocated to Johannesburg.
His father was not happy with him playing rugby and sadly he never saw his son in action. He passed away last year missing out on the flanker running out for the Lions at the Craven Week.
Dyamani is contracted by the Lions and will definitely study next year although he still needs to make up his mind what career he wants to pursue.
It was a feather in their cap – and that of the Lions – when a prominent provincial coach from one of the coastal unions offered the a contract at pitch-side after one their games.
It seems that the tide is turning…
Pictures: Madosh and Hacjivah in action against the Bulls – by Leon Niemand.