You lucky Red Devil [WATCH]

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October 21, 2016
You lucky Red Devil [WATCH]

BASKETBALL STAR AND MODEL: Vincent Ntunja, 35

Gugs model got to work with Mourinho on TV ad.

This Gugulethu model was one of the first mense in the whole world to know that Manchester United was getting a new coach.

In April and May, this year Vincent Ntunja, 35, was part of the cast of a Heineken TV advert to promote the UEFA Champions League, where he got to work with top football boss José Mourinho.

In the ad, “The Special One” is standing on a balcony talking about the beautiful game while football fans across the globe tune in to the Champions League on their TVs.

Vincent, from Pulse Models, says he even chatted to Mourinho.

“He was a very relaxed guy. Of course I asked him if he was going to be Manchester United’s new coach and he said: ‘Hey, you Africans and your football!’ and then just laughed it off,” says Vincent.

But the model had a feeling about the conversation, and just a few weeks later he was proven spot on when Mourinho was announced the new coach of the Red Devils, replacing Louis van Gaal.

“I am a Man United fan, so it was great to meet José, and to work with him,” says Vincent.

What mense don’t know is that the ad was directed by hotshot Hollywood director and Madonna’s ex hubby, Guy Ritchie.

Vincent says: “It was shot in Amsterdam and the Czech Republic. Everyone was so professional.
“The highlight for me was the last scene we shot, we did it in five minutes and Guy Ritchie came over to shake my hand for a job well done.”

Back home Vincent is himself flying high, as the 1.8m tall Gugulethu guy is also a professional basketball player for the SA national team.

And his pride and joy is his youth development project, Hoops For Hope, that teaches youngsters discipline while learning to play basketball.

When he was a laaitie, Vincent was selected to travel to the USA for a basketball bootcamp where he met his idol Michael Jordan.

“Out of all the athletes, Michael Jordan chose me as his MVP (Most Valuable Player) and I have that trophy next to my bed as well as his autograph because it’s a treasure,” says Vincent.

When he’s not modelling or shooting hoops, he works at getting the outdoor courts at Gugulethu Sports Complex upgraded so he can reach more kids through sport.

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