Over 11 000 players from around the country took part in the Shield Sbonis'iDiski campaign this year and today, Orlando Pirates announced the three winners, who received a life-changing one-year contract to join the Buccaneers' MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.
The third edition of the Shield Sbonis'iDiski campaign saw the competition grow from around 700 participants last year to over 11 000 this time around, leaving the coaches with an unenviable task of selecting a winner.
After months of grueling travel and hours on the training ground, 25 South African starlet were invited to final trials at the HPC in Pretoria, where they were trained by coaches from Chelsea and Pirates before facing Bucs MDC team.
Today, Shield and Pirates announced Amogelang Matebesi from the Northern Cape as the winner of the 2019 campaign, who will soon sign a potentially life-changing contract with the PSL side before joining the Buccaneers' MDC team.
The young striker follows in the footsteps of Quade Roskruge and Ryan Adams who won the competition in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Matebesi and his two runner’s-up Cassius Spandelel and Thandani Tshabalala will also now have the opportunity to travel to England where they will spend a week training at Premier League side Chelsea’s famed Cobham training ground, while the duo have also been given one-year contracts with Pirates' MDC teams.
The partnership with Orlando Pirates FC is a sustainable commitment from the Shield Sbonis'iDiski campaign, unearthing football talent across South Africa and contributing to local, football development.