Nedbank Ke Yona: Players drafted into PSL

2019-10-09 06:00
Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search finalists wait to hear their fate at the team draft announcement.Photo:SUPPLIED

Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search finalists wait to hear their fate at the team draft announcement.Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE seventh edition of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search (KYTS) recently came to a conclusion, as the 18 finalists were drafted into Premier Soccer League (PSL) and National First Division (NFD) teams.

The 18 finalists who made it through trials in seven provinces, rose through the programme, which included training and bootcamps, as well as multiple elimination rounds, were revealed ahead of their clash against history-making current Nedbank Cup Champions, TS Galaxy, on September 8 at the Kameelrivier Stadium.

The KYTS football development programme seeks to unearth, incubate and support football development in South Africa by providing aspiring footballers with an opportunity to become professionals.

The KYTS draft gets players closer to their dreams by giving them the opportunity to be placed within PSL and NFD teams, where they could potentially earn a professional contract.

Tobie Badenhorst, Nedbank head of sponsorships and cause marketing, said, “For Nedbank, the goal is to enable young footballers to follow their footballing aspirations. Getting to this point was no easy feat for the players, but we believe we have equipped them with skills for on and beyond the pitch, to be able to make a success of their careers.”

The Nedbank Ke Yona team draft was done through a live draw selection process where each of the 16 PSL teams was drawn from a ball, followed by the draw of the player to be drafted to them.

The current Nedbank Cup Champions, TS Galaxy had the privilege of handpicking two players before the draft, with the remaining 16 going to the various PSL clubs.

TS Galaxy’s picks were Aphiwe Maliwa and Sello Mochoeneng.

First in the live draft was Maritzburg United, landing Phemelo Ncanywa, followed by Orlando Pirates picking Blessing Chauke.

Next was Baroka FC selecting Siwaphiwe Maso, followed by the clever boys, Bidvest Wits choosing Nhlanhla Malinga.

“I know it’s going to be a different environment where they’re going.

“Training and playing with players they admire will be quite an adjustment but they know they need to stay calm and remember the lessons they’ve been taught through this Ke Yona Team Search process,” KYTS coach, Doctor Khumalo, said.

Badenhorst concluded, “Nedbank is incredibly proud of the Ke Yona Team Search and the players.

“With this draft we’re taking it a step further, giving them the opportunity to showcase all they’ve been training for and to use the skills they’ve learned through this process to hopefully earn themselves a professional contract.”

Players have been drafted into the following teams:

Thulani Cele – AmaZulu

Kwanele Mfeketho – Black Leopards

Siwaphiwe Maso – Baroka FC

Nhlanhla Ntuli – Bloemfontein Celtic

Christopher Maoto – Polokwane City

Blessing Chauke – Orlando Pirates

Thembelani Ndlovu – Mamelodi Sundowns

Luke Groep – Lamontville Golden Arrows

Thabiso Lebitso – Chippa United

Aphiwe Maliwa – TS Galaxy

Sello Mochoeneng – TS Galaxy

Enoch Puzi – Cape Town City

Blessing Mazubane – Stellenbosch FC

Nhlanhla Malinga – Bidvest Wits

Sive Gqezengele – Kaizer Chiefs

Phemelo Ncanywa – MartizburgUnited

Khanyiso Ginxa – Supersport United

Henry Lekhoathi – Highlands Park

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