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Player keeps dreams alive
  • I had high hopes for 2020....
  • my goal was to be in the SA schools cricket squad
  • He dreams of playing cricket  for the Proteas


Neo Matsoso’s goal was to be in the SA schools cricket squad this year. Photo: Supplied

“I had high hopes for 2020, my matric year, as my goal was to be in the SA schools cricket squad.”

So says Neo Matsoso (19), a matriculant at Welkom-Gimnasium.

Neo is an extremely diverse young sportsman who plays rugby and he has represented the first team cricket and the first team tennis at his school.

“As a little kid, the one and only sport that I played was soccer,” says Neo.

“Then I tried cricket after my parents asked me why I don’t give a cricket a chance, as I was fascinated by the 2011 Cricket World Cup and watched it every day.”

Over the years Neo Matsoso (19), a matriculant at Welkom-Gimnasium, has had the opportunity to play under 13, 15, 17 and 19 Free State Cricket. Photo: Supplied

He decided to give cricket a try and remembers his first match very well, as he went out for a golden duck.

Over the years he has had the opportunity to play for u.13, u.15, u.17 and u.19 Free State Cricket.

Neo says he wants to thank all his coaches.

“But most importantly a big thank you to Niel Viljoen, Pieter Bacons, Sammy Dikoane, as well as Virlyn van Vollenhoven.”

Neo says he wants to be a role model to younger people.

“I want to show them that anything is possible. I myself, like any other cricket young star, dreams of playing for the Proteas one day.”

His motivational words are: “To be the best, you have to beat the best, and the best train hard not to be beaten.”

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