About the author: Keagan Hertz
Named after Liverpool players the day of my birth; it is no secret that football has been in my blood since that rainy day in December 1994. The beautiful game has been on my mind every single day from the earliest times I can remember.
I began coaching young children at the ripe age of fifteen years old, falling in love with helping them improve their football ability and their lives. Nine years later and I have worked at some superb amateur clubs, some great academies and run a successful soccer school. I have been extremely blessed to work with some wonderful minds, some fantastic players and some incredible people who are uncompromisingly driven and determined to enhance the game in this country. If it were not for the faith and trust placed in me by these people, this book would never have been written. The lessons taught by them and learned through personal experience have been well received.
Dreaming of one day managing a top club, I began my relentless pursuit of gaining knowledge, experience and expertise in the game of football. I observed, wrote, listened, studied, examined and sacrificed much for the desire of becoming the greatest football coach or manager on the planet. Little did I know that life was preparing me for the privileged task of writing this book. I never felt coaching was enough for me, I’ve always felt there was more I could be doing for the game and the people involved in it.
I want to give back to this extraordinary game; a game that has brought me so much joy and happiness throughout my life thus far. I truly hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
About the book: A ball in the mud: A football tale like no other
Meet TJ Sibeko and his football team - Silver Stars - as they fight their way through the ranks to become South Africa's very best academy team.
Hailing from the townships, TJ dreams of becoming the best soccer player in the world, but emotional trauma, abject poverty and a general lack of resources makes this a tough goal to achieve. With no possibility of a university acceptance and his only source of income a part time job at a petrol station, his only hope of living a life of true value is being offered a professional contract from Silver Stars.
This story by Keagan Hertz follows the young football player, dubbed The Poacher and his friends as they show incredible talent, resilience, and determination. Selected into the Silver Stars Academy at the tender age of 13, TJ works his way up the ranks to the under-eighteen team despite many struggles.
TJ is constantly plagued by various challenges that lead him to question God's intentions for his life and when his home-life implodes, his life takes an unexpected turn... Will he have what it takes to make it through these difficulties, or will he finally quit the game into which he has invested blood, sweat and tears?
Will this situation open the door to finding the answers he needs to steer him on the right track to making his dreams a reality? Read this captivating tale to discover the hardships and triumphs of TJ and the detours that add new and unexpected meaning to our lives.
This book is a must-read for every aspiring football star and anyone who enjoys a good sport analogy to put life in perspective. Grab your copy today!