Position: Left Wing / Left Back
Personal Description: I'm originally from Retreat in Cape Town. I live with my mother, my sister and two brothers. I like to play football and watch cricket and rugby, and I like to listen to hip-hop and R&B
Favourite Player: Javier Hernandez
When did you join the academy: 2011
What do you want to do in the future: To find work and carry on playing football in the Super League or higher.
What have you learnt in the Academy so far:
- Discipline mostly
- Gained more faith and knowledge about God
- Learnt a lot from life skills, especially what to do with my money
Riyaad has been with us since the start of this year after he was successful in the trial that we ran back in April. Riyaad was one of the trialists from Drakenstein, so he'd been training with the side since January, but he was officially made part of the team after he was successful in the trial (like the rest of the Drakenstein trialists). His natural position is left back, but he also plays well down the left wing, which is where we started him in the first few months. We chose him to play in that position due to his crossing ability on the wing, but we have since changed tactics to put Nkosinathi (Sister) on the wing and Riyaad at left back in place of Jason, who has been injured. Riyaad's strengths as a player are definitely his crossing and his ability to run with the ball, although he has some skill in all areas of the game. This is why we feel comfortable playing him anywhere on the field as we know he'll do a job. In defence he is good at getting forward and overlapping, and is generally good at 1 vs 1 defending, he just needs a bit of work in positioning. All in all, though, he has the potential to be a good little winger and with continued effort there's no reason why he can't play at a good level when he gets out.
|Riyaad (middle) doing a training exercise with Romano (left) and Wakka (right).|
|Riyaad with the team just before kick off.|
|Enjoying Coach Bully and Coach Mikey's kwai braai at Zola's farewell.|
|Mid-game, Riyaad (No. 17) watches over the game.|