Cape Town - The Nedbank Ke Yona Team search reached Port Elizabeth and Umlazi on 1 and 3 May respectively under the watchful eyes of Shakes Mashaba, Owen Da Gama, Khabo Zondo and Mike Mangena.
Close to 400 players passed through the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium gates from as early as 5am to heed Nedbank’s call of enabling them to make their football dreams happen. “It is such an honour to have the opportunity to play football at this stadium that has hosted big matches and will host the 2015 Nedbank Cup final” said 19-year-old Thamsanqa Qalinge who hails from Kwa- Desi.
KwaZulu-Natal was the next stop for Nedbank as the King Zwelithini stadium welcomed more than 500 aspiring footballers. The province is home to 2014 Nedbank Ke Yona defender Khanya Gwala who has since signed for Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates after an impressive display against the reigning Nedbank Cup Champions.
Bafana Bafana and Ke Yona Team coach, Shakes Mashaba heaped his praises on both provinces for the amazing display of talent and determination over the weekend.
"We have seen some eye-catching talent in both provinces this past weekend," said Mashaba.
"All professional players had to start somewhere and through such initiatives from Nedbank, we can be able to identify more of these rough diamonds and shape them into complete footballers for our country”
Nedbank Group Communications Senior Manager, Nkosinathi Msiza also extended his appreciation to the players.
“We are pleased with the turn-out and determination of these players. As a bank for all, we continue to enable the dreams of the communities we serve. We hope that more people will make use to make the things that really matter happen “said Msiza.