Ashdown Sport Academy players in Japan

2018-05-30 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedOluhle Mduna, who is part of Durban squad that is playing in Japan.

PHOTO: suppliedOluhle Mduna, who is part of Durban squad that is playing in Japan.

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TWO players from Ashdown Sport Academy — a women’s soccer team — are representing Pietermaritzburg and South Africa in the 6th One Nation Cup competition in Shonan, Japan.

The games for this competition started on May 21 and will end on May 26.

Oluhle Mduna from Ashdown and Luyanda Sibiya from Dambuza were the only two players who were chosen from their team to be part of Durban Squad that are representing South Africa in this competition. They were not available to speak to Echo as they were busy training.

Londa Mnikathi, coach for Ashdown Sports Academy, told Echo of his excitement over his players representing the team overseas.

He said this shows that he is doing a great job as a coach and that the players have an amazing talent.

“When I first heard that Oluhle and Luyanda will be part of the Durban Squad I was so overwhelmed. I hope that they represent us well, obtain skills and bring the information back home and teach other players that were not a part of the Nation Cup. This is the first time that my players are selected to play overseas. I am really grateful. This is just the beginning, I want more of my players to be selected for such competitions,” said Mnikathi.

He said although he is happy that his players are doing great in the soccer field, they still have challenges as a team as they do not have enough support.

“I started this team in 2014 because I wanted to take our children off the street but I have been struggling since I started. We do not get enought support from the parents and the community and we don’t have sponsors. We want to grow this team because we have noticed that there are lots of women who are talented soccer players.”

Ashdown Sport Academy captain Sbahle Mahle said they are delighted that they have players like Oluhle and Luyanda.

“We are very proud of them and we wish that one day we can all play overseas as a team,” she said.

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