Mbalula backs Nedbank initiative

2014-09-08 13:25
Fikile Mbalula (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Sport and Recreation minister Fikile Mbalula gave credit to Nedbank following their introduction of the Ke Yona team which faces the annual winners of the Nedbank Cup every season.

The annual Nedbank Ke Yona team was formed last year with the aim of promoting youth development to the professional ranks as players use the opportunity to market their talents in the event.

Mbalula hailed Nedbank after this year’s game between the Ke Yona team and last season’s Nedbank cup winners, Orlando Pirates, at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

The Buccaneers had a tough task on the day despite walking away 2-0 victors courtesy of Lennox Bacela and Letsie Koapeng strikes.

“It’s a good initiative from Nedbank to introduce this development structure,” Mbalula said.

“The Ke Yona team was playing very well from the first minute of the game. You could see that Pirates didn’t have a free walk in the park as people might have expected.

“Out of this initiative, we could see the talent we have throughout the country. I have supported this initiative since last year when it started.

“That’s why I am always here to watch their games. Otherwise, well done Nedbank this is fantastic."

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