Boys hone their skill in Germany

2015-08-05 06:00
STARS: Retired Bafana Bafana star player Shaun Bartlett (middle) with Notha Ngcobo (left) and Mokhethi Pali who attended this year’s Copa Coca-Cola international camp from 26 to 31 July in Germany.

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STARS: Retired Bafana Bafana star player Shaun Bartlett (middle) with Notha Ngcobo (left) and Mokhethi Pali who attended this year’s Copa Coca-Cola international camp from 26 to 31 July in Germany. Photo:Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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TWO prospective future footballers, Notha Ngcobo and Mokhethi Pali, returned to South Africa with their skills polished after a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train in Germany.

The duo were part of the 100 footballers from around the world who attended this year’s Copa Coca-Cola international camp conducted from 26 to 31 July in Berlin, Germany.

The two boys tested their football skills against their peers from 27 countries at this football development initiative aimed at advancing future players’ skills, nurturing their careers and helping them live the dream to play professional football.

The pair of Ngcobo from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal and Pali from Botshabelo in the Free State were selected after impres-sing selectors at the Copa Coca-Cola national final in 2014.

Ngcobo is currently part of the Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns’ development team and attends the Clapham High School in Pretoria.

He is no stranger to success, having been part of South Africa’s u.17 team that won a silver medal at the 2015 African u.17 championships held in Niger earlier this year.

Pali is a learner of the Louis Botha High School in Bloemfontein. The left-footed striker played a crucial role for his team in their 2014 Copa Coca-Cola provincial title, netting the winning goal against the Retshidisitswe High School.

The six-day training camp in Berlin covered various aspects and it saw the players attend workshops, games, events and coaching.

They were guided by members of Germany’s 2014 Fifa World Cup winning football team at the Lindow Sports Academy.

The German coaching members included the 2014 Fifa World Cup winner, Benedikt Höwedes, and 1990 Fifa World Cup winner Pierre Littbarski.

Both boys’ dream is to play professionally and ply their trade internationally

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