Cape Town - The once in a lifetime opportunity of playing professional
football is fast becoming a reality for young hopefuls that have been unearthed
by Nedbank through the third edition of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search.
pursuit for the country’s next stars is heating up following the search far and
wide toward finding those raw diamonds waiting to be polished into some of
South Africa’s finest players!
Undoubtedly the lives of those individuals who are
identified as part of the final squad will change and many will have their
dreams turned into reality through the Nedbank Ke Yona Team search.
making it as a professional footballer requires serious sacrifices and the
journey to the trials for the Ke Yona team search was proof of this says
Bonginkosi Shangase from Pietermaritzburg.
Shangase’s journey to making it to the King Zwelithini
stadium in Umlazi where he impressed the Ke Yona selectors was testament that
through determination, hard work and partnering with Nedbank, dreams can really
Shangase reflects on how things were touch and go for him
as he had to travel with the last amount of money left in his account to the
King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium, and not even knowing how he would get back
"I was not sure of whether I would make it but I told myself that I would
grab this once in a lifetime opportunity with both hands.
"Needless to say, my
efforts were rewarded and thanks to Nedbank, I am edging closer to my dream of
playing professional football and the sacrifices and efforts that I have made
to get to the tryouts, made me realise that it takes a lot for footballers to
make it as professional players," said Shangase.
Shangase’s story is unique and yet quite common among the
thousands of players who showed up at the various tryouts hosted by Nedbank,
“Creating an opportunity for these players to ‘Make The Things That Really
Matter Happen’ for them is an important objective for Nedbank.
organisation that motivates, enables and inspires people to achieve their goals
and aspirations we are committed to providing platforms such as the Nedbank Ke
Yona Team search and walking the journey with individuals and communities,”
said Faith Phoshoko: Head of Sponsorship and Cause Marketing at Nedbank.