SA Under-17 gets cash boost

2009-10-02 06:21

SOUTH African national Under-17 soccer team, Amajimbos, on Tuesday

received R6.3?million from sponsors First National Bank (FNB).

The giant banking institution announced that the cash injection

would go into the team’s preparations for the above 2009/10 season.

Addressing the media, the newly-elected SA Football Association

president Kirsten Nematandani, said developments surrounding the team was a sign

of exciting times ahead in the development of local football.

Nematandani also urged Amajimbos, present at the conference, to mix

education and football.

“Coach”, he said, referring to Amajimbos’ mentor Solly Luvhengo,

“make sure that before they go to sleep, they read through their books.”

The current squad is a newly-assembled side that is being groomed

for the 2011 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Luvhengo heads the technical staff and he is assisted by Mandla

Mazibuko from Safa-Transnet Football School of Excellence while Mamelodi

Sundowns’ youth trainer Gavin Silango is the goalkeeper coach.

FNB brand director, Derek Carstens, said: “Through the sponsorship

of the Amajimbos, FNB is able to remain committed to its continued investment in

the sport. Since 2004, FNB has actively supported the Amajimbos team.

“We believe that by supporting youth soccer today we are helping to

build a solid foundation for the future soccer stars of tomorrow.”

Amajimbos will host Zimbabwe at the Thulamahashe Stadium in

Mpumalanga on Sunday.

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