Lock from SACS to join Sharks in 2021
AWSUM caught up with Enos Ndiao, lock from SACS to talk about his contract at the Sharks.
Firstly, congratulations with your signing at the Sharks. How does it feels to be seen and acknowledge for your talents? It is a really good feeling but of course, it’s just the first step towards something that will hopefully transpire into something greater. I am truly thankful to those around me who allowed me through support, to have my talents seen. It is a blessing that I cannot take for granted.
This is a difficult year for the matrics of 2020, and even so more for the sportsmen and girls. Can you describe your personal experience and feelings in this regards? It is an uncontrollable situation and very tough as we all had plans for the year ahead which was looking promising with opportunity, but I’ve been taught to ask “why not me” instead of “why me” which has helped me to understand that there is a greater purpose that we cannot see right now. However, I still have to try and make do with what I have and keep focused, understanding that I cannot lose hope of certain dreams, another road just has to be found and travelled.
What influence did your school have on your rugby career? A big influence, as my school gave me the opportunity to play against the best opposition and to train in the most professional environment that it could provide, so my school and coaches have played a major role in my development.
Who had the most influence on your rugby career thus far and why? My eldest brother has influenced me a lot as he understands the game most out of my family members and has always encouraged me to develop my game as best as I can while pushing me to maintain the highest standards I possibly can.
Who is your role model as a rugby player and why? Maro Itoje, as he plays the type of game I would like to develop mine into and he has an atmosphere that catches your attention through his ability and more importantly humility.
What are you looking forward to the most now that you are a contracted player? I’m looking forward to developing my game as best as I can and to just constantly learn and grow as a player on and off the field. I’m also looking forward to the challenge of a more professional environment and playing amongst high quality players who will help me raise my game.
What is your opinion about the Sharks and why did you decide to sign with them? The Sharks is a very good franchise and is growing immensely. Their youth system is one of the best and they take care of their players. It was a very promising offer which I couldn’t refuse after much thought and consideration and I felt that God wanted me to go to Durban as part of His plan and will over my life.
We wish you well for this journey ahead and hope that your dreams will come to reality.