New ball game for Bay star

Yoliswa Sobuwa

A LOVE of sport that has been passed down through generations has landed a New Brighton TV presenter a spot on pay sports news channel SuperSport Blitz.

Bubbly Nombulelo Mooi, 27, is the daughter of former Bay United general manager Nomalungelo Mooi.

“Sport has always been part of my life,” Mooi said.

“I saw on Facebook that SuperSport Blitz was looking for a sport presenter. At the same time I got a tweet from my mom telling me about this and I decided to go for it. I could not believe it when they called me after a month to say I was shortlisted. I had knocked on their door before but I guess the time was not right. I did everything that was expected of me, from writing tests to screen testing, and I came out tops.”

Mooi has been presenting the Today show’s sports edition on Bay TV. She has also been co- hosting the afternoon drive show on Kingfisher FM. “When I joined Bay TV seven months back, I knew it was the beginning of great things. I decided to make the best of it and it also helped that I had the knowledge of different sport codes,” she said.

“I used to dabble in a few sports when I was still at Victoria Park High. Also my uncle, Bennet Mooi, was a goalkeeper for the City Lads, which was one of the biggest teams in New Brighton.”

Mooi will leave the Friendly City for Johannesburg in a week’s time. “This opportunity came at the right time. In the past seven months I have gained a lot of TV experience. I just realise it now that God was preparing me for bigger things. I am ready to go and conquer the world.”

She said she would visit Port Elizabeth. “I will miss the intimacy of Port Elizabeth and the fact that one is able to get to places in 15 minutes,” she said.

Her proud uncle, Bennet, said he knew nothing would be impossible for his niece.

“She is a hard worker who doesn’t give up easily. Sport has been part of her life from a young age. I used to play for the City Lads and her other uncle, Archie Mooi, was a rugby player for the Eastern Province,” he said.

“Her mother was also strongly involved in soccer, which just goes to show that an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She is on the right route and we are very proud of her as a family.”

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