Search the ticket into big league

2016-04-27 06:00
JARRED MEYER from Bloemfontein is one of the players who was discovered through the Ke Yona Team Search last year. He now plays for the junior side of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) outift Jomo Cosmos. Photo: Supplied

JARRED MEYER from Bloemfontein is one of the players who was discovered through the Ke Yona Team Search last year. He now plays for the junior side of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) outift Jomo Cosmos. Photo: Supplied

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YOUTHFUL footballers aspiring to play in the big leagues are offered an opportunity to realise the dream through the Ke Yona Team Search.

This year’s is the fourth edition of the Nedbank-sponsored talent search, aimed at identifying future players between the age of 18 and 23.

The series starts on Wednesday (27/04) at the Dr R.P. Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein. The other venues are the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (30/04), the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Monday (02/05), the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on 7 May, as well as the Rand Stadium on 21 May and the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 2 June, which are both in Gauteng.

The coaches entrusted with the task of identifying the potential stars are Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, Owen Da Gama, Khabo Zondo and Mike Mangena.

The 2015 edition proved successful, with the discovery of four players who managed to secure professional contracts with Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs. These players are Jerred Meyer (Jomo Cosmos), Ian Chikohwa (University of Pretoria FC), Luthando Sixhaso (Kaizer Chiefs) and Maphosa Modiba (Mpumalanga Black Aces and South Africa u.23), who are doing well at their respective teams.

Da Gama, South African u.23 head coach, urges aspiring professional players to seize the opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

“It is that exciting time of the year again when we travel across the country to discover untapped talent,” says Da Gama.

“Talent identification is crucial in developing a competitive footballing nation and through the Ke Yona Team Search we are able to play our part as coaches in identifying talent.

“We therefore urge players to take up this opportunity and make their football dreams a reality.”

Tobie Badenhorst, head of the sponsor, says their involvement forms part of their commitment towards enabling communities to do things that really matter and to make it possible for people to achieve their goals.

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