A former goalkeeper turned motivational speaker from Heideveld has written a book he hopes will inspire mense on the Cape Flats to greater heights.
Preston Jongbloed, 33, is launching his book Dream Again next month and says he’s already been told “this book should be in the hands of every young person in South Africa”.
“At 16 years old I became a professional footballer, and I was signed with a German football team,” he says.
“When I was 21, I signed with Santos and in 2000 I won the Bob Save [Super Bowl] with them. Edries Burton was the captain.”
But two years later he retired from soccer because of injuries to his back and his knee.
“The details are in the book but I can tell you that I was depressed and I came very close to suicide,” says Preston.
“I took a job as a waiter at a pizza place in the Waterfront and I worked there for only three weeks. I would see the guys I played soccer with and I can tell you it was embarrassing but it also humbled me,” he confesses.
He then studied Sport Management, Theology and Community Development while he worked as a sales rep at a local gym.
“One night I was closing the gym and I just realised that I should write a book. I went home and I started working on it,” he says.
Another life-changing event happened when he was asked to do a motivational talk at Pollsmoor Prison in 2013.
He now helps reintegrate ex-prisoners into society.
Talking about his book, he says: “It is a motivational book that will help people to start dreaming again. Don’t let anything nullify your dream. Start dreaming again when you get out of jail, start dreaming again after your divorce, just start dreaming.”
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