Promising Mdantsane rugby player Khanya Lali, 16, has been granted an opportunity to participate in at the U16 SA Rugby Grant Khomo Week as part of the Iqhawe South Africa invitational U16 team.
Lali is from a the Emivundleni informal settlement where he lives with both of his parents and two siblings.
“Rugby wasn’t a sport that I ever thought I would play – even my parents were convinced had a mentality that it is a dangerous sport that is not suited for me.
“I met with my rugby coach who where he taught me about the sport and saw great potential in me which I never knew I had,” said Lali
He started playing three years ago.
“I am very excited that I have been selected to participated in the Grant Khomo Week as I am the first in my family to have achieved such an accolade,” Lali said.
In a historic first, the Grant Khomo Week will welcome a new team in 2019 – this year, the Iqhawe Impi – comprising of players selected from non-traditional rugby schools.
The Grant Khomo Week will run concurrently with the U13 SA Rugby Craven Week at the Hoërskool Rob Ferreira, Hoërskool in Mpumalanga from June 24 to 28. The Iqhawe Impi will increase the number of participating teams in the Grant Khomo Week to 20.