The organisers of the Ke Yona Team search have confirmed that the remaining 30 players will get an opportunity to compete for the ultimate team to play against this year’s Nedbank Cup champions.
From the 30 players, a final team made up of selected talented players will form this year's Ke Yona Team to play against Free State Stars in the Ke Yona Challenge in September.
“The remaining 30 players of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search will have another opportunity to compete for a spot in the Nedbank Ke Yona Team, as they enter into the Boot Camp 30 which is scheduled to take place from Friday, 29 June 2018 to Sunday, 1 July 2018 at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng. The aspiring players who hail from far and wide across South Africa, will descend upon the Capital City with hopes of progressing even further into the competition,” confirmed competition organisers in a statement.
“With a slight difference from Boot Camp 48, Boot Camp 30 will see five additional players being eliminated from the team. The remaining 25 will subsequently enter the first Training Camp of the programme, which will consist of multiple friendly matches to afford the Ke Yona team the ultimate state of match fitness.
“What distinctly separates the Training Camps from the Boot Camps are the intricacies involved in the stage of the programme. The team selectors, along with their technical team, need to accomplish the feat of turning the young amateur players into professionals by building a solid squad. The coaches aim to achieve maximum cohesion with the players ahead of the much-anticipated Ke Yona Challenge showpiece fixture against the experienced Nedbank Cup Champions – Free State Stars in September,” read the statement.
Mike Mangena, who is one of the Ke Yona Team coaches added, “With every year of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search, we have seen a huge improvement and with every passing year, our opponents seem to get tougher. With that said, as team selectors, we are surrounded by knowledgeable advisors that assist us in creating a training programme that not only focuses on preparing the players well for the match but one that ensures that they leave the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search as better players.”
“We are confident of the players we have identified and heading into the Boot Camp 30 this weekend, we will trim down the team even further in order to ensure that we select the most talented and fit players. It is never an easy task because each of the young men who have made it thus far in the competition are exceptional players, worthy of the opportunity Nedbank has presented. I am looking forward to the Boot Camp and I wish all 30 players the best for this weekend,” concluded Mangena.
The Ke Yona Team is scheduled to play against Menza Group Invitational team on July 01, as we as against ABC Motsepe League side Baberwa FC and the University of Pretoria’s U19 team on July 3.