Archive | March, 2013

Ke Yona team trials

16 Mar

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The race to being in the country’s first ‘reality show’ football team has begun. aspiring football can now register to be part of the Nedbank Ke Yona team which will be the curtain raiser for next year’s tournament where they will play the winners of the 2013 competition.
For players to be eligible to be selected, they have to register on *120*539662# on their cellphones.

Here’s more information on how you could make the Ke Yona team:

Players must be between 18 and 35.
Only males will be selected.
Each player must possess a South African ID.
Only non-professionals will be selected.
Selection by coaches is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Each selected player must sign a contract to be part of the team.

Entries cost 20c for every 20 seconds. Once you’ve dialled *120*539662#, you’ll be asked a few simple questions about yourself to be eligible for selection. This should not take long at all. Remember that entries open on 15 March 2013.

Lucky entrants will be selected from 15 March to 15 April and will be advised that they are through to the next round via SMS. They will be prompted to send us their ID numbers and will then be invited to their nearest stadium to attend tryouts. Those who have not made the selection will also be notified via SMS.

Dates for the trials:

Eastern Cape- St Georges cricket stadium- 20 April
KwaZulu Natal- Sugar Ray Xulu stadium- 28 April
Limpopo- Peter Mokaba stadium- 1 May
North West- Olympia Park stadium (TBC)- 11 May
Mpumalanga- Mbombela stadium- 12 May
Free State- Vodacom Park stadium- 19 May
Western Cape- Phillipi stadium- 1 June
Gauteng- FNB stadium (Soccer City)- 2 June
Northern Cape- GWK stadium- 8 June

All the trials will resume at 08:00 in the morning

(More info on this article is extracted from http://www.keyonateam.co.za/ke-yona/team-tryouts)

Aside

Lack of sponsors a worry

13 Mar

I’m a big supporter of women’s football in Mzansi and because of that I engage in many conversations with colleagues (in football) and friends about the lack of growth and other things in when it comes to it.

I was so heartbroken to find out recently that Absa have pulled out as sponsors of the Under 19 women’s league. Well this league, like the Sasol league is responsible for feeding the senior (national squad) and other national teams like the Under 20’s and Under 17’s.

Now this worries me because that might mean we might only be left with one sponsored (running) league, in turn that will mean we will have a smaller pool to pick from in terms of getting players for our national teams.

What could Safa be doing wrong that our women’s football structure is not becoming strong? One, not giving enough focus on women’s football. Whenever Banyana Banyana or Amantombazane have an international match, we’d only hear about it a few days before the said match unlike in the male’s team. There is hype made around that match, the state of the tickets sale and the actual squad announcements.

Now, for Banyana matches, which are free, that hype never happens. Which means there will be very few spectators and then the sponsors don’t get ‘publicity’.

Who must we blame when sponsors bail out? The players? Well, Banyana aren’t doing that bad. They came out as runners up at the African Women’s Championship (AWC), which is the equivalent of the Afcon, which Bafana were knocked out of the quarter finals. No, don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to compare the two in terms of achievements and all but what I’m saying is there is a lot that can be done to improve the state of our women’s football and hopefully impress enough and qualify for the next women’s World Cup in 2015 in Canada.