By: Courtney Rehman
Dylan Stoffels, the 19 year old striker/left winger from Durban, started playing soccer from the age of 5 years old and has never looked back ever since. ‘It’s always been something I’ve loved to do as a small boy, I always had a soccer ball next to me or around me. It’s the only thing I want to ever do and I think if I wasn’t playing soccer I’d be playing a different sport,’ he says.
Dylan started playing at Umbilo FC and played with them till the age of 9. He then moved to Stella FC where he won golden boot, player of the season and player’s player and stayed there until the age of 13. He then moved to Juventus FC and that’s where it all started, he says. ‘I got scouted at a game against Amazulu FC where I scored 4 goals against them.’ He moved to Amazulu playing under 17 and when he turned 16, signed his first PSL playing NFD for Amazulu.
‘During this time, I was called up for the under 17 SA National Team and participated in the World Cup in 2015,’ he says. He was then called up to the under 20 national team to play in the Durban International Tournament. He then played in the under 19 Bayhill tournament in Cape Town where he was scouted by Supersport United. He signed his second professional PSL contract in the starting of November in 2017. ‘Since then I’ve played 9 Multichoice games scoring 7 goals and got my debut PSL game against my former team Amazulu and then got my first start in the CAF Confederations Cup against Gor Mahia FC from Kenya.’
He has also been to Sweden on trial at a second division team called Degerfos. ‘They were impressed and wanted to start negotiations but we couldn’t come to terms, so that fell through,’ he says. He also went to Holland on an assessment at a team called Pec Zwolle who want to see him end of July this year.
Soccer has changed his life around in so many different but positive ways and has taken him away from being the typical naughty young coloured boy. ‘It’s made my life so much better in terms of a financial position and helped me help my family in ways I never thought I’d be able to,’ he says. The two soccer stars in his corner of inspiration are of course, Lionel Messi who he looks up to and Ronaldo whose work ethic he admires.
During his free time he gyms, reads and says he plans to start studying from July. He also adds that he doesn’t do much of the ‘night life’ because he’s realized that he can enjoy himself without doing the usual clubbing and drinking.
He has international caps against Chile, New Zealand, Brazil, England and Russia.