Young player’s dream comes true

2017-11-01 06:00
Kamogelo Mogotlane Photo: Supplied

Kamogelo Mogotlane Photo: Supplied

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It is confirmed that 2017 Ke Yona team captain Kamogelo Mogotlane has realised his dream of playing professional football after being signed by one of the PSL’s most talked about teams, Cape Town City.

Mogotlane was the first member of the 18-man Ke Yona squad to begin his month-long trial with a Premier Soccer League (PSL) side and has hopefully inspired fellow graduates to follow suit.

Just days into his trial, Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy described the hard-tackling defender as “a great future prospect who simply needed more training with the club”.

True to its words, City has given the young skipper an opportunity to prove his worth and shine with the Cape Town-based outfit.

Upon receiving the news, Mogotlane said he was overcome with emotion.

“From the moment I trialed to be in the 2017 Nedbank Ke Yona Team, up until this point, my life has dramatically been changed, for the better.

“Joining City is the cherry on top. I would like to thank my family, friends, Ke Yona team, coach Benni and Mr. Comitis for this opportunity that they have given me.”

The sponsorship manager for football properties at Nedbank, Tutu Skosana, congratulated the young defender and expressed excitement towards their effort of giving young talented players much-needed exposure to the structures within professional football.

“Kamogelo worked hard and earned himself a professional contract. We hope that the remaining 2017 graduates who are also currently on trial with their respective PSL teams are inspired by this move and will hopefully score themselves contracts too,” said Skosana.

As captain of the Ke Yona team, the 21-year-old from Mpumalanga follows in the footsteps of his 2014, 2015 and 2016 predecessors.

The 2014 Cape Town-born captain Sydney Masana has signed with Free State Stars and is currently contracted to the National First Division (NFD) side Cape Town All Stars.

Ian Chikowha of the 2015 trials and Bongani Mbuli of the 2016 trials have signed with the University of Pretoria and Bidvest Wits respectively.

Chikowha remains a huge part of the Amatuks team, while Mbuli joined newly-promoted NFD side Super Eagles FC on loan.

The pair, along with Mogo­tlane, forms part of over 20 Ke Yona graduates who are currently playing for ­professional teams in the PSL and NFD.

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