Young hopefuls tackle pros

2017-08-30 06:02
During the 2016 Nedbank Ke Yona Team Bootcamp in Pretoria are from the left Owen da Gama, Khabo Zondo, Mike Mangena and Shakes Mashaba.

During the 2016 Nedbank Ke Yona Team Bootcamp in Pretoria are from the left Owen da Gama, Khabo Zondo, Mike Mangena and Shakes Mashaba.

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The much-anticipated 2017 Nedbank Ke Yona Challenge, in which the newly announced Nedbank Ke Yona team will take on the current Nedbank Cup Champions, SuperSport United, is scheduled for Sunday (03/09) at the Makhulong Stadium in Tem­bisa, east of Johannesburg.

The match, which is expected to be a classic David versus Goliath battle, is scheduled to commence at 15:30.

This years’ Nedbank Ke Yona team could possibly make history if the squad of 18 manage to hit the back of the net.

The young hopefuls have been selected by renowned coaching maestros Shakes Mashaba, Owen da Gama, Mike Mangena and Khabo Zondo.

The intensive search across the nation is reported to have been very intense for the end result to consistently favour fully-fledged professionals.

To counterplay the defending champions, Mangena said that the aim was to not concede any early goals, because the longer the game stays at 0-0, the more pressure the professional team will be under.

He said there was no doubt that these boys would be as prepared as they possibly could be from a tactical point of view, as they would have a plan on the day.

“It will just come down to whether they can implement on the day,” Mangena said.

Zondo noted that opportunities for the boys to play against top-notch teams were exceptio-nally positive for a rookie player’s mind-set and growth, particularly because of the gap between lower tiers and professional levels in South African football.

“The past results are a reflection of the difference between what is essentially amateur and professional football. We are hoping to change that with the current team,” Zondo said.

“If the team can play together as a unit, they stand a much greater chance of being vic­torious.”

Tickets for this encounter will be free at Computicket, as well as at Shoprite and Checkers. Details on how to redeem these will be available in due course.

For more information and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the Ke Yona Team’s journey, join the conversation on social media via Twitter ­(@Nedbanksport), Facebook (Nedbank Sport) and Instagram (@Nedbank).

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