The Daily Drool: Steve Zakuani

7 Apr

Winger Steve plays for the Seattle Sounders in the MLS. He has played one match for the Congo DR National Team in 2010.

6 Responses to “The Daily Drool: Steve Zakuani”

  1. Charis April 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I dont know if you know, but Steve Zakuani is going to be making one huge comeback in the next couple of months, his story is truly amazing.

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      I knew that he had a broken leg and is slated to be back playing in the next few months – I’d love to know more though! Please tell us more about him.

      • Charis April 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

        Steve Zakuani was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but was raised in London England. He played in the Arsenal youth system and was pretty good until he started getting cocky and skipping practice, so Arsenal decided to release him. After that he fell in with the wrong crowd and when he was fifteen his leg was was severely damaged from a moped accident, instead of rehab, Zakuani became discouraged as well as loosing passion for the sport and started focusing his energy on his school work. While doing this, his teacher Paul Goodison reminded him why he loved to play soccer and renewed his faith. He did the rehab and started to play again when he managed to get a scholarship to the University of Akron where he played for two years before being the 1st pick in the super draft from the Seattle Sounders and played two full seasons with them. Almost a year ago the Seattle Sounders were playing the Colorado Rapids when one of the rapid players lost the ball and went into a hard tackle a couple minutes into the game, which resulted in Zakuani’s leg being snapped (you could actually hear the break on the field microphones). Because of the fractured tibia and fibula he had to undergo surgery that night and the next day he had to have another surgery because of what they call Compartment Syndrome which caused him to loose feeling and motion in his leg and foot. After the injury, instead of wallowing in what had happened, he chose to move forward and not look back. In the months before he was allowed to do any kind of physical exercise he spent his free time focused on his music and his nonprofit organization called Kingdom Hope, which inspires kids to reach for their dreams through soccer but also all aspects of life. Since then, he has been determined to get back on the field, while the MLS and their players had a couple months off to rest and visit their families, Zakuani stayed in Seattle to train and put in the hard work so that he could play the game he loves. He played 45 minute in a reserve game last Sunday and is said to possibly start playing the MLS reserve games as early as the end of April. And he is also hoping to come back on the pitch for regular games in the summertime.

        • headbandsandheartbreak April 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

          Wow! That is an amazing story – so cool to learn more about him!!! Thanks! xo
          Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

        • Maddi April 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

          Wow! That’s incredible. Thanks for sharing!

        • jellyace April 8, 2012 at 7:26 am #

          Thank you for sharing his story. I hope he goes far and achieves his dream.

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