Archive | July, 2013

Development woes, well mine

23 Jul

It is no secret that South African junior football teams struggle at world stage. In fact, it seems though as we don’t have any junior teams. Recently I attended the launch of league formally known as the SAB U21 Regional League and I could not help wonder what exactly do we (the footballing nation) do with these youngsters when they are uncovered at tournaments and leagues like this one. Well I can just name Happy Jele, Mandla Masango, Sandile Ndlovu as some of the players that came from school/ development tournaments but where are the rest?
A while ago Safa “created” position which is meant to concentrate specifically on developing football in the country.
The Safa Development Agency is aimed at ensuring South Africa becomes one of the top three footballing nations in Africa and in the top 20 in the world. It’s been seven months since this was announced and unfortunately personally I haven’t heard what plans or actions have been taken by this department. Well, maybe I’m ignorant about what happens in local football but I doubt that is the reason I don’t really know what’s happening.
Now what I am hoping for is the mother body can get its house in order meaning they will take development serious. I mean why can’t we be like Brazil and others that groom their juniors from when they participate in competitions like the Danone Nations Cup. Speaking of which, what happened to the players that made up the team that won the 2007 tournament? I can’t seem to remember any of them but I’m definitely sure there was something extra special about them to actually beat France. Well, not forgetting that Bafana also beat France in the group stages of the 2010 World Cup.
Anyway, not to divert from the point at hand, when will we stop complaining of not being part of junior world tournaments because we don’t have teams that qualify for them? Now if we don’t have junior teams, how will we grow (or have) project 2020 if we don’t have people to compete then. Since we focus so much on the seniors, we won’t get anywhere.

Nedbank Ke Yona team revealed

22 Jul
2013 Nedbank cup Champs will play the Ke yona team early 2014

2013 Nedbank cup Champs will play the Ke yona team early 2014

The 22-man team to face Kaizer Chiefs

The 22-man team to face Kaizer Chiefs

With the busy soccer weekend I had, the Orlando Pirates versus Congo’s AC Leopards pre match press conference and training sessions on Friday evening and the Gauteng Cup football challenge, I missed the big reveal of the final Ke Yona team.

After months, well three to be exact the team was revealed in an hour long live show on SABC 1. A total of 22 players were selected from a country wide search for the team that will play 2013 Nedbank Cup champs, Kaizer Chiefs early next year. The team is coached by former Orlando Pirates coach Owen Da Gama, national U23 Shakes Mashaba, Khabo Zondo and Mike Mangena.

Congratulations to the guys that made the team and good luck while you prepare to meet the current league and Nedbank cup champions.

Below is the team:

KE YONA TEAM POSITION CITY
Japhta Merase Goal Keeper Brits
Mwenya Chibwe Goal Keeper Rustenburg
Sinethemba Sdeba Centre Back Port Elizabeth
Kyle Davies Left Back Durban
Dumisani Mkhwanazi Centre Back Durban/Mandeni
Mthobisi Ndlovu Centre Back Port Sheptone
Donald Shelleng Right Back Carltonville
Pious Madubanya Left Back Midrand
Lukhanyo Ndabetha Central Midfielder Port Elizabeth
Masixole Njokweni Central Midfielder Port Elizabeth
Bagcine Sinqa Left Wing Mount Frere
Engetelani Baloyi Left Wing Daveyton
Brian Oompie Central Midfielder Rustenburg
Zamabuntu Mthini Right Wing Bloemfontein
Lungelo Msomi Right Wing Pietermaritzburg
Mthuthuzeli Matshabane Central Midfielder Cape Town
Cardyn Dunn Central Midfielder Brixton
Collen Mashawa Central Midfielder Diepsloot
Caldea Moseamidi Striker Buggersort
Junior Peinaar Striker Kimberly
Delano Abrahams Striker Kimberly
Thumani Mtshambela Striker Bronkhorstspruit