King Nadolo, the tactician
At 24 years of age. King Nadolo is a professional soccer player, playing in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. His tactfulness and goal scoring technic during his days in South Africa epitomized his desire to pursue his dream of becoming a renowned player. Nadolo’s years at Highlanders got him attracting both local and International teams. Nadolo who has recently landed a gig with Dynamos FC, a remarkable feat considering his age and background, attributes his energy and audacity to his humble beginnings.
In an African society where there are more obstacles affecting young and aspiring soccer players than any other part of the world due to socio-economic issues that prevail, King is a paragon example of how many young people in Africa are willing to defy the odds and pursue their dreams.
In an interview with King Nadolo we got a chance to get an in depth on his career life.
Q: Growing up you were popularly known as “Skippy” How did the name come about?
A: It was the way I used to play even when I was just playing childhood games.
Q: Now your real name has stolen the spotlight. Would you describe yourself as the King of football?
A: No no not at all! I believe there are players who have achieved more and I look up to them.
Q: When did you realize you wanted to play soccer at pro level?
A: Mmmh when I was in S.A and I was playing well scoring goals week in week out and I was unstoppable so I thought I needed to go pro because I was just dominating these amateur guys.
Q: What players influenced you growing up?
A: Locally mmmh… Sadomba and Peter Ndlovu and Internationally Christiano Ronaldo.
Q: What are your pre-game rituals?
A: Read a verse and listen to a gospel song.
Q: How do you mentally handle yourself when you’re behind in a game?
A: I believe In myself, I’ve got this never die attitude, so I tell myself as long as the match is not over we’ve a chance to comeback and win.
Q: Having to have played for Highlanders for a long time; which is your best memory when you were there ?
A: My best memory was my first Zim derby which we played in the Gushungo victory cup and I was voted the man of the match even though we lost on penalties.
Q: What makes your team so effective?
A: Great fighting spirit and oneness.
Q: What were you like as a kid has it always been soccer?
A: It was always soccer.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Tafara,Harare.
Q: What do you need to work on in your game?
A: I need to work on my shooting long range passes and the defending.
Q: What are your current plans for your new team?
A: Just to do my best and make sure the team achieve its goals.
Q: When do you plan to retire?
A: I haven’t thought of that yet.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring soccer players?
A: Work hard pray hard God is there and he promised never to leave nor forsake us. Not even the sky can limit you.
Q: What do you consider to be your career highlights?
A: Mmmh, my first game against Howmine in the psl and the 2019 season where I was almongst the best 11 in the country.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A: To play football but for Manchester United.
Q: Besides soccer what other sports do you enjoy watching?
A: I watch cricket and a bit of UFC.
Q: Which soccer player locally and Internationally would you rate as a perfect 10?
A: Locally: Prince Dube and Manuel Mandiranga International: Charlton Mashumba and Khama Billiat.
Q: When on the pitch who is your insipiration?
A: I’m inspired by what I wanna be. I’m inspired by my goals and by Christiano Ronaldo.
Q: What is one message you would give to your fans?
A: You’ve been amazing continue supporting me keep supporting me. You made me KING.
Q: Any plans on the line or aspirations to play the International turf?
A: No plans yet because of the pandemic, but yes its my dream to play overseas.
Q: Given a chance to train with Ronaldo or Messi who would you pick and why?
A: Ronaldo… I love the guy he trains like a beast.
Q: What is your message of advice to upcoming players who find themselves trapped in the verge of alcohol, and drug abuse; Also what do you have to say to those who seek supernatural powers from sorcerers in search of becoming the best or just to get signed?
A: I’ve seen many talents go down the drain because of alcohol and plenty players who are stuck locally because of the abuse of drugs and to those who seek supernatural powers; to know that all those things comes with an expiry date but God given talent is forever just have faith and believe His timing; be patient.
Q: Through the journey to date how do you determine who is a true friend and those that are just hangers on?
A: The one who’s always by your side who doesn’t hide the truth from you and who tells you straight when you are doing something wrong, who challenges you to improve and be better than the person you were yesterday.
Q: Women or Soccer?