One on One with Golden Arrows Rising Star

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 15:07

17 year old aspiring soccer star, Josh Gounden, has his roots deep seated for the beautiful game of football. Josh started playing at the tender age of 6 and hasn’t looked back since. Josh’s passion was clear when at the age of 9 he started picking up accolades for his achievements.

Josh hails from the home of the green machine, Glenwood High School, and at 15 was the youngest player to play for the Glenwood first team.

His promotion to the Golden Arrows reserve team comes as no surprise as the central defence midfielder is quickly adapting to higher levels of football.

We chat to Josh on his aspirations, short term and long term goals, and what he feels he needs to do to achieve them.

Bio:

Bio  
Date of Birth 08 January 1997
Position CDM
Strong foot Left
Current Club Golden Arrows
Current School Glenwood High School

Attributes:

  • Composure
  • Shooting
  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Vision

His main attribute is going forward and attacking, he’s got a great left foot. - Steve Howard Glenwood 1st XI Coach

What are your earliest footballing memories and when did you start taking football seriously?
Josh Gounden:
I started playing soccer since I was 5, and I guess it all started when I scored my first goal when I was playing Under-6. It started getting serious a few age groups higher at Escombe football club. I felt the competition was tough so I had to up my game.

What are your short term goals for this year (2014) and your long term goals going forward after high school?
Josh Gounden
: My short term goal for this year is to get fit and work on my weaker areas of the game. My long term goal is to do well this year and maybe move to England to play football there and maybe live there.

Who is your mentor in the game of football and who do you look up to when it comes to your personal life and why?
Josh Gounden:
I really look up to Andrea Pirlo cause he has great vision for the game and I can learn a lot from him as he plays in my position. My role model from Man United would be someone who’s just moved there, Juan Mata, because I find that I play similar to him and I just look up to him and wish to play like him in the future.

What have been your highlights in your career thus far?
Josh Gounden:
  I’ve had many highlights including being scouted for Bloem Celtic and got the privilege to play with TUKS first team when I was chosen for the Engen High Performance Camp. 5 players were selected from around SA and I was privileged to go on this experience.

I think SA selectors must be more organized as theres a lot of hidden talent in the country

What do you think of the level of soccer in our country and what would you like to see in terms of improvement?
Josh Gounden
: I feel there's lots of potential in our country. I just feel in the schoolboy level they need to go further with trials and not just stop at KZN and so forth. I think SA selectors must be more organized as there's a lot of hidden talent in the country and if things are more structured then we can do better.

What team do you play for now?
Josh Gounden:
I play for the Golden Arrows reserve team, I got promoted a few weeks ago.

I think I need to have good discipline, be focused on the game, and be focused on improving my weaker areas 

Which team do you think will be your toughest opponent this year at Glenwood?
Josh Gounden: There are two main rivals. I think Westville is always a tough game as they’ve won a lot of tournaments last year and Durban High School will also be tough.

What do you think you need to do to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself?
Josh Gounden: 
I think I need to have good discipline, be focused on the game, and be focused on improving my weaker areas and I'm sure all will be well for the future.

What would you like to improve in your game?
Josh Gounden:
My fitness levels will have to increase and I have to do more work in the gym so I can get bigger, like now I'm playing with bigger people, it's quite tough on the ball so I need to get stronger.

Achievements

Josh made many if not all KZN teams since the u11 age group and achieved many honours and awards during primary school:

  • 2011: KZN High Schools U15 Football team. Captained  U13 football team (young crusaders – Chatsworth SAFA league) to the knockout cup final. He was named player of the tournament and player of the year for his club.
  • 2011: Captained under 13 team of Young Crusaders – under SAFA Chatsworth
  • 2012: – At grade 10 Josh was the youngest boy in the Glenwood first team.
  • 2012: Was awarded Junior Player of the year by Glenwood High School.
  • 2012: Selected for the KZN high schools U16 football team.
  • 2012: Selected to play for the U15 Golden arrows team.
  • 2012: (14 years old) played for Parktown Football club which falls under the Chatsworth Football Association - Senior Division 1 league.
  • 2012: Received an achievement award from Parktown Football Club for being selected to play for Golden Arrows.
  • 2013: Promoted to the U17 Golden Arrows team.
  • 2013: Was awarded the midfielder of the annual Engen Knockout Challenge while playing in it for Golden Arrows.
  • 2013: Was selected by Engen scouts (5 players selected from around SA) to go to a high performance camp at TUKS university and received a certificate on completion of the camp.
  • 2013: Selected as a member of the Festival “A” team at the pre season festival held at Kloof High School.
  • 2013: Named senior player of the year by Glenwood High School and was awarded Half colours for football.
  • 2013: Selected for the KZN Athletics Youth Team and awarded the U16  Blankbys Memorial Cup by Glenwood High schoo.l
  • 2014: Promoted to the Golden Arrows Reserve team where he has played 2 matches and scored 1 goal.

HSSM thanks Josh Gounden for his time and wishes him the best for the future!

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