Menace Intern Jordan Guy will bring you a new player spotlight each week of the 2013 season. This week’s Player Spotlight features midfielder Shadow Sebele. Posted June 12, 2013.
With images of a better life flashing through his mind, Abel “Shadow” Sebele packed up his life and moved to the United States.
At the young age of 15, Sebele was seen playing in a pick-up soccer game by Mr. Ken Risley, a high school history teacher and soccer coach. Instantly, Risley knew he had to have Sebele play for him. With dreams and a goal in mind, Sebele left his home in Zimbabwe for a new life in the U.S.
“Mr. Ken Risley offered me a chance at a better education and to play soccer,” said Sebele. “How could anyone say no to that?”
Sebele played for Risley at Episcopal High School before continuing on to West Virginia University, where he played for Marlon LaBlanc. Sebele graduated in December of this past year with a degree in sports management.
After hearing about the Menace from his agent, Sebele jumped at the opportunity.
“Once I heard that that (Mike) Jefferies was coaching there,” said Sebele. “I had to go.”
So, the West Virginia grad packed his bags and traveled from the East coast to the heart of the Midwest to continue chasing his dream.
Upon arriving in Des Moines, Sebele decided that he wanted to be called by the nickname he had growing up. After that, Abel was gone and Shadow had arrived.
“I used to always follow my brother Ndumiso around wherever he went,” said Sebele. “So he and his friends started calling me his shadow.”
Joining the Menace, Sebele found a team that made him feel like he had found a home.
“The Menace has such a great atmosphere,” said Sebele. “Everyone is really close, it feels like a family. Not just the players, but the coaches and the front office too.”
As Sebele looks to the future, he plans on continuing to pursue a professional career in soccer, but has only one goal for now.
“I want to win a PDL championship. We have the players, if we fix a couple things, we should be able to.”
Name: Abel “Shadow” Sebele
Hometown: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
College: West Virginia University
Classification and Degree: Graduated December 2012 in Sports Management