PUMA Football – Q&A with Chantelle Esau

PUMA Football caught up with Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Team striker Chantelle Esau for a Q&A.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became interested in football?

I was born in Kimberly and I got interested in football by playing against the boys in my township.

What do you love about the beautiful game?

I love everything about football, scoring,dribbling,etc.

What are your strengths?

I’m very good at dribbling and scoring.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My Grandmother. She looked after me when my mom left this world, and she gives me strength.

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

Portia Modise. She’s a fighter, a good leader and is always motivating me.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Never be big headed and always remember where you come from.

What advice do you have for young girls who dream of becoming footballers?

Finish your studies and don’t do drugs.

How often do you get to train as a team and what fitness plan you follow?

Two to three times a week, and we have a fitness programme supplied by the National team.

Do you follow a diet?

Nothing special. My diet consists of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and a lot of water to hydrate. I don’t drink alcohol.

What difficulties have you encountered as a woman in football?

We don’t get the same attention as the guys, and we don’t have a professional league.

How do your family feel about you playing football?

They are very proud and motivate me.

What are your football ambitions?

Playing overseas and winning the Sasol National play-offs with Mamelodi Sundowns.

Tell us about the highlight of your football career so far?

The SASOL National Championship 2010, the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the Africa Women Cup of Nations.

What is your biggest disappointment as a footballer?

We don’t have a professional league.

In tough times where do you draw your strength?

My teammates.

Do you have a day job?I’m a full time footballer.

How would you like to see women’s football develop?

I’ll be grateful if we get a full professional women’s league.

Has playing football brought about any other opportunities for you?

Getting to travel abroad with the national team.

What do you like about being a part of the Mamelodi Sundowns football club?

The team spirit,unity in all departments and a winning mentality.