Bucs match against Nedbank Ke Yona Team gets a shake-up

2014-09-03 15:52

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba and his deputy Owen da Gama will guide the Nedbank Ke Yona Team against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

Mashaba and Da Gama will join Mike Mangena and Khabo Zondo to finish off the this year’s Nedbank talent scouting project that started five months ago.

The match, which Pirates play by virtue of being the reigning Nedbank Cup champions, has already elicited interest among local fans and 28 000 tickets have already been snapped up.

The interest in the game has also been boosted by the fact that leagues around the world are in recess, because this weekend is the “international Fifa week”.

Pirates assistant coach Eric Tinkler said the match is ideal to keep the Buccaneers on their toes.

“We are playing exceptionally well at the moment. And this being the international weekend, we have a game that will put our team through their paces. We take every single game seriously. You’ve got to have the champion mentality and all our technical staff and players will be there. Certain players need to be rested but the coach [Vladimir Vermezovic] will make the decision on who gets to play on the day.”

Tinkler said Pirates’ experience in the CAF Champions League has taught them how to deal with unknown opposition as is the case with the Ke Yona Team, which has an average age of 24.

Two players, Aubrey Maphosa and Morgan van Rooyen have already been signed by Absa Premiership clubs Mpumalanga Black Aces and Maritzburg United respectively.

Maphosa is also part of South Africa’s under-20 team that has qualified for next year’s African Youth Championships.

Meanwhile Ke Yona Team coaches Mangena and Zondo said their charges are geared up for the match.

As part of the their preparations, they played against Premiership sides Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars.

“I would like to see more signed because they deserve to play professional football,” said Mangena.

Fans who want to watch this match must produce their South African identity documents and will each get four tickets.

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