Dedication, love allow soccer boss to shoot for her goals

Thulani Gqirana

FOR City Lads women’s team owner Nomalungelo Mooi, taking time out for a lunch date with La Femme means less time thinking about how empty her house is now that her daughter, Nombulelo, has moved to Johannesburg.

The busy Mooi started the New Brighton team in 1995 and works to ensure that it is a home away from home for her “girls”.

Mooi, who loves vintage clothing and swears by second hand shops, met us at one of her favourite restaurants in the city, the Coachman on the Bay in Summerstrand where she had lamb shank and chips with the house red wine.

I like the Coachman because it has such a homey feel.

I like the one in Cape Road because I feel like I’m in my living room and the one in Summerstrand because it’s a great place to gather your many thoughts.

I’ll know I’ve made it when I have established a football home for young girls and boys to develop their skills and change their lives.

The person who has taught me the most is my mother and my daughter.

I have a soft spot for shoes, CDs and books.

I should have studied I have always wanted to impact positively on people’s lives and I guess teaching gave me that platform.

I’d love to party with women of substance to share life lessons.

I’m listening to all kinds of genres depending on the mood I am in.

When I was 16, I wish I knew nothing different, for the life lessons have moulded me to be who I am today.

My music weakness is I love music of all kinds but I cannot sing. If I get to the music shop I have to come out with one or two CDs.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my daughter happy; seeing the seeds I have planted bearing fruit, and making others happy.

My favourite item of clothing is my brown leather jacket, my old maroon pair of shoes, my vintage black riding boots.

I absolutely hate hypocrisy, laziness, non-committal beings and dishonesty.

I am saving to travel the world.

I share my life with (besides my daughter) Astro and Roxy (my two border collies).

I can’t go a day without reading a scripture and praying, my phone and exercising.

In 10 years I see myself having achieved my dreams.

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