One of the most thought provoking moments for the Nedbank Ke Yona players happened when Helman Mkhalele spoke about losing everything and making bad investment choices, the result of not having the financial advice these players are being guided with as part of the ROS initiative.
“Nedbank’s role in the community goes beyond just banking. We are invested in the lives and aspirations of our clients. As such, we delight in being able to enable some of the 2016 Ke Yona Team Search participants realise their career goals both on and off the field.
“Football is a lot like managing your finances, you must have a goal, be committed, work hard to attain it, and find the right team to work with and enable you to realise that goal.
''This is why we continue to sponsor the Nedbank Cup and all its assets, including the Ke Yona team search and the Ke Yona team Ring of Steel.
''It gives us the perfect opportunity to connect with clients and the communities we serve, and demonstrate how we can enable them to make the things that really matter happen,” says Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Sponsorship at Nedbank.
One of the reasons Mkhalele bounced back after losing all his savings was as a result of having an education.
“When I was a professional player, I knew my career wouldn’t last forever and I carved out time to get an education in teaching.
''When I lost everything, I had to enter a mainstream job market, it was through my education that I was able to start again and build up everything I had lost,'' he continued.
“Education gives you a back- up plan. The pursuit of education is the golden thread in life. You will never compromise your principles when you are well educated.”
Some golden nuggets Mkhalele shared at the session included:
Overcome and adapt to changing environments and working hard so that you can get the opportunity to play overseas.
Deal with disappointments by understanding that it is important to remain focused and dedicated to your goal despite the challenges
Go back and reflect on mistakes so that you can focus on bouncing back from disappointments.
Being able to read the game is the foundations of everything.
Look after your body - Yes there is a physical factor both on and off the field and it is through the guidance you receive to manage your health and physical performance during and off-season.
Respecting your coaches and fellow players both on and off the field is important as a means to building up your brand and being recognised by other teams.
Strive to earn everything for yourself. Do not depend on your family for financial support.
Strive to achieve your own destiny. Do not wait for others to applaud you.
“I support Nedbank initiatives like the ROS and the Ke Yona team search because these programs are important for players entering the professional football career, as a means to enable them with guidance and support they need to make the correct lifestyle and financial choices both on and off the field, and long after their careers are over,” concluded Mkhalele.