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Shelling: We Are Ready For Chiefs

For Lebogang Shelling of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team, 19 January is set to be a special day as he gets to face his Kaizer Chiefs idols in an exhibition match, and the defender says that they will be ready to take the fight to their star-studded opponents.

A group of 23 players were handpicked by South African soccer legends after months of intense training and will in 10 days step out onto the pitch to meet the 2013 Nedbank Cup champions.

Shelling admits, it is an experience which is hard to express in words - something he would never have dreamed of doing.

"It makes me walk a foot taller just thinking about it! I was at the Soccer City trials and just going to that famous stadium was something that I consider a once in a lifetime opportunity. Now to be here... I can't describe it. I will never be the same," he said.

It has certainly not been an easy journey for the 21-year-old right-back, who hails from Carletonville, and he admits that getting up to the right fitness level to face a professional team has been tough.

"The fitness... getting the fitness right. That has been the biggest challenge I think for a lot of the guys. We have got skills, we can play football, but we are not used to the physical intensity needed to play against a PSL team.

"I have really had to dig deep on this and it has taught me a lot about who I am. I almost collapsed at training the other day I was so exhausted, but I just thought to myself, ‘you have to keep going … you need this thing’.”

Regarding the skills he brings to the table for the Ke Yona team, he continued, "I have got pace and I love to attack. I am an attacking full-back who loves to get forward into the opposition half. I can tackle as well, that is an important part of my game. But like I said, in a game against Kaizer Chiefs I need to be really fit to show my best up and down the pitch. If I am worried about anything then it is that."

Shelling also stated that they would not come into the match afraid to get stuck in, and is confident that they will be ready for the Amakhosi.

“I think everybody is really looking forward to it (I don’t think they are worried). To have seen the way we have grown from the first camp to now is amazing. Some of us… maybe even the whole squad… have been hiding a bit in our shells, but we are starting to come out of them. We will be ready.”

Chiefs come into the match flowing with confidence after moving to the top of the league table before the festive break - and are also reigning league and Nedbank Cup champions - so it is certainly set to be a 'David vs Goliath' battle.

The game takes place on Sunday 19 January 2014, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, with the action getting underway at 15h00.

Visit the Nedbank Ke Yona Team's Facebook page.

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