Having joined from Manzini Sundowns at the start of the season, Figaredo has settled in well at Maritzburg United. The 20-year-old sat down with our Media Officer, Nigel Naicker to chat about his journey and future goals.
NN: What does playing for a club like Maritzburg United mean to you?
JF: It means a lot. For me it's a stepping stone to greater things. I think playing for Maritzburg is a huge deal for me and it’s amazing to play for them.
NN: What made you fall in love with the game of football?
JF: That’s a tough one but I think, where I grew up, everybody was playing soccer so I thought maybe I could also play soccer. Then I started playing for real and realised that I could also do this.
NN: Did you always want to be an attacking midfielder?
JF: Yes, because when I was growing up the coaches used to tell me that my strength is taking on players. An attacking midfielder, most of the things he does is taking people on and creating play. That’s what I know and what I have stuck too.
NN: Who were your idols growing up?
JF: There were a lot. I used to look up to Wesley Sneijder, Christiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewondowski. The thing I liked about these players are they are very powerful players, they have very good technique you know.
NN: Who’s your best mate at Maritzburg United and why?
JF: To be honest I get along well with everyone at the club but maybe Siyanda. He’s always giving me advice and we also room together when we go to camp so he is very close to me.
NN: How did growing up in Swaziland influence your footballing career?
JF: Especially where I grew up, we were not rich kids you know. We were just normal kids playing football on the streets. Then going to watch football, the top teams in Swaziland and also watching on TV, the top teams. We thought to ourselves that we could also do this. Let’s do what we need to do, work hard and play ball. Let me go all out and see what happens.
NN: What drives you as a footballer?
JF: There's a lot of things, my mum first of all and the talent that God has given me. That's what drives me. I want to be one of the best players in Swaziland that we are making history now. The past is the past, now it's the present and we need to make our own history so that we can help the younger players and show them that nothing is impossible in football.
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