Sindiso Joya grew up in Khayelitsha and in his youth, played for one of the local teams Africa Tribes, alongside the late Cecil Lolo. Out of his three siblings Sindiso was the only one interested in football, and as such he received very little support for his passion from his single-mother. When his mother moved to the UK for work in the early 2000’s Sindiso was sent to a boarding school near Kimberly, where his passion for football was accepted. He quickly moved up the ranks within the team and was a top goal scorer of several tournaments which led him to receiving multiple players’ player of the year awards.
In 2005, Sindiso moved to the UK to join his mother and sister, but continued playing football while attending college and working full time at a super market. He quickly became known amongst the South Africans living in London through an opportunity to represent South Africa in an annual inner-city World Cup tournament in 2006. He continued representing South Africa on a yearly basis and in 2012 he was appointed to become captain of the team, a position he still holds to this date. In 2008, he represented South Africa in an African tournament where he scored a critical brace in the final game, securing their victory against Zimbabwe.
After living in London for almost 10 years, Sindiso met his wife in London while attending a concert at the Wembley Arena. He then relocated to Edinburgh Scotland, where his wife was living at the time and quickly joined a local amateur team there called Edinburgh Caledonian. Yet again, he became one of the regular starters and goals scorers. Due to family and career commitments, Sindiso had to take a small break from amateur football. Sindiso continues to represent South Africa today by wearing the captain armband in the inner-city World Cup tournaments.
Sindiso’s combined passions of youth development, football, and a desire to give back to the community inspired him to join Ikasi soccer school. When he came across a social media post written by his friend and now co director Dumisani Ntsodo about Ikasi, he knew he had to get involved and be part of this wonderful organization. Since then he has been involved in fundraising events, such as collecting hundreds of football strips from a local professional team, Edinburgh City FC, and running the London Vitality Big Half Marathon in March of 2019. Sindiso personally brought in the funds raised during the GoFundMe campaign along with the football strips, tracksuits and boots that were donated to Ikasi. Sindiso continues to work as the official fund-raising director as he ran the London Half Marathon in the year February 2019&2020 in aid of supporting Ikasi soccer school with essentials.