Over the years it seems reality television shows are taking over on our screens. Most of these shows discover the most raw of talents for South Africa, most of these shows come in the form of music talent shows. It is refreshing that the green bank will make things happen for potential football stars a well.
This is not the first reality football talent finding show, it seems to be the exciting of all (well, it did get me really excited), well mostly because the chosen Ke Yona team will play against the winners of this season’s Nedbank Cup.
Few years ago, soccer lovers had the chance to witness the discovery of young, gifted footballers through shows like the Coca Cola Football Stars and Sokka Kings. Football Stars brought us players like Happy Jele and Mandla Masango, who now are in the books of two biggest Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
While Sokka King winner Eric Macheru got a chance to play/ train with Ajax Cape Town and Tottanham Hotspur as part of his prize. Sadly, Macheru is no longer in the footballing circles, he is now an actor. He was on SABC 1’s drama Skeem Sami. I wish that show was won by someone who had the stomach to stay in football, but hey what can one say, he was voted for and won.
Which brings me to my next point, I hope the people who will trial to be part of this Ke Yona team are people who are passionate about the game, well not that I’m saying Eric wasn’t passionate enough. Trials will be held throughout the country, in all
The requirements of potential team should be between the ages of 18 and 35, will be selected by South Africa’s footballing legends and they will live their lives in front of the camera until the final 18 team members are selected. Members of the public will also have a chance to choose their favourite player to be part of the squad. This is a big opportunity for those who never got the chance to make it to pro football to try their luck.