THE atmosphere at the packed Nedbank’s Auditorium in Sandton, Jozi was tense and tears of joy rolled uncontrollably as emotional parents and friends could not hide their excitement of being made proud by their sons who made it in the Nedbank’s Ke Yona Team.
The announcement yesterday which saw 23 players revealed to the audience culminated from 12 weeks of an emotionally thrilling and spectacular footballing journey, the Nedbank’s Ke Yona Making the Team reality show reached its climax during a one hour
live broadcast on the day on SABC 1.
Within an hour, the country witnessed young talented men transform from ordinary soccer players to becoming members of an extraordinary team which will face the 2013 Nedbank Cup champions; Kaizer Chiefs at the start of the next Nedbank Cup season.
The talent search campaign which was headed by legendary coaches, Shakes Mashaba, Mike Mangena, Khabo Zondo and Owen da Gama seemed to have reached players from as far as the remote areas of this country of which most of them never thought of seeing themselves in such as big stage.
One such player is Sinethemba Sdeba who comes from one of one of the sprawling townships of Port Elizabeth.
“I thank my parents for the first pair of soccer boots they bought me, which led to
my determination to one day become one of the best soccer players in SA. I come from
the Eastern Cape and we hardly get such football opportunities, I’m really thankful
to Nedbank for this life-changing opportunity”, said Sinethemba.
Amongst the studio and television audiences were some football scouts who have
contacted Nedbank to explore signing-on some of the newly unearthed football talent.
“Through this initiative, Nedbank aimed to discover and empower soccer stars with
the skills and resources to enable their goals” said Sydney Mbhele, Divisional
Executive for Integrated Marketing at Nedbank.
The search has seen thousands of ordinary soccer hopefuls from across the country,
coming from all walks of life with a singular purpose of making their football
dreams come true. As a bank for all, Nedbank’s goal was to discover new talent that
will contribute to South African professional football. Reality talent searches are
synonymous with producing the likes of Khaya Mthethwa from Idols and many others who
have gone to demonstrate amazing talent and success. Nedbank hopes the same results
will manifest for these young aspirants, through this Ke Yona Team search.
The Ke Yona Team
Goalkeepers: Japhta Merase (Brits), Mwenya Chibwe (Rustenburg)
Defenders: Sinethemba Sdeba (Port Elizabeth), Kyle Davies (Durban), Dumisani Mkhwanazi (Durban/Mandeni), Mthobisi Ndlovu (Port Sheptone), Donald Shelleng (Carltonville), Pious Madubanya (Midrand)
Midfielders: Lukhanyo Ndabetha (Port Elizabeth), Masixole Njokweni (Port Elizabeth), Bagcine Sinqa (Mount Frere), Engetelani Baloyi (Daveyton), Brian Oompie (Rustenburg), Zamabuntu Mthini (Bloemfontein), Lungelo Msomi (Pietermaritzburg), Mthuthuzeli Matshabane (Cape Town), Cardyn Dunn (Brixton), Collen Mashawa (Diepsloot), Caldea
Strikers: Moseamidi (Buggersort), Junior Peinaar (Kimberly), Delano Abrahams (Kimberly) and Thumani Mtshambela (Bronkhorstspruit)