FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International caught up with former FNB Wits and Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby player, Wandile Lupuwana. Lupuwana is now the current MC at the FNB Wits home games in the Varsity Cup. He is further easily spotted at games due to his mesmerising dance moves and his entertaining nature the keeps the crowd vibrant at games.
“I’ve been part of the club since I moved up to Joburg from the Eastern Cape in 2010, so that makes it seven years of brutal club and varsity rugby that I wouldn’t trade in for the world. Within my rugby career at Wits, I was also involved in the Varsity Cup squad that entered the competition for the first time,” Lupuwana explained.
Wandile’s rugby career didn’t just start off in the top league, he made his way up the ranks.
“I started with the internal league until I got scouted by the under-19 coach at the time, who asked me to join in the same year I moved to the Wits under-21s, due to the maturity of my game. In that same year I also went on to play for the second team towards the end of the season. The next year I made my debut for the Wits first team,” he said.
Wandile Lupuwana still plays rugby at the moment but these days he plays socially as he feels the need to follow what he is more passionate about – being an entertainer.
When asked more about his career on the entertainment front, he had this to say: “Well I’ve MC’d a couple of events and now I’ve got my own sports marketing practice, a start-up called Tight Five Concepts. It’s my baby and I’m just trying to nurture it until it can walk.”
Wandile further shared his thoughts on Varsity Cup by saying, “Varsity Cup has been a great platform for South African rugby, it’s really been a platform full of opportunities. From my side it’s brought an opportunity to play and to work for them. Currently it’s an opportunity for me to grow in sports and really become a person who is starting to build a brand for himself.
“I take my life day by day, I’m building towards being an influential voice and person in the sporting fraternity, and I want to grow in the area of business in sports and become a personality in sports.”
Wandile Lupuwana and his friends have also started playing netball for a cause against women and children abuse. The team is called ‘Khanki’s Angels’. They are also on Twitter @khankisangels.
Lupuwana went onto close the interview by saying, “Thank you to Wits for the support by lending us their courts.”
You can follow Wandile on all social media platforms using the handle @lutolups for more information on his cause and how you can get involved, other than that, catch Wandile Lupuwana at all FNB Wits home games.
By Sifiso Nyawo