NedbankCup : Nedbank lads to face Supersport United unveiled

NedbankCup : Nedbank lads to face Supersport United unveiled
The selected 18 players to play Supersport United celebrating during the 2016 Ke Yona Team selection at Nedbank Head Office in Sandton on 10 August 2016 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Nedbank has announced eighteen players who will be part of the the Ke yona team which will play against the 2016 Nedbank Champions, Supersport united on the 4th September at Senaba stadium in Daveyton.

The selected 18 players to play Supersport United celebrating during the 2016 Ke Yona Team selection at Nedbank Head Office in Sandton on 10 August 2016 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

This emotional announcement was made on Wednesday night at the Nedbank Head office in Sandton

The Nedbank ambassadors were all over the country searching for uncooked talents. Amongst these selector coaches, it was the Bafana Bafana mentor Shakes Mashaba, Khabo Zondo, the under 23 coach Owen Da Gama and Mike Mangena.

Speaking ahead of this announcement Mashaba said: ” Supersport United will have a tough time when they face these young hungry lads at Ekurhuleni.”

After few speeches, the names of 18 players out of 23 were announced by the SABC presenters, Thomas Mlambo and Minenhle Dlamini.

Many of those whom their names were announced to have made it to the eighteen man couldn’t hold back the tears of joy as they climbed the stage where they were awarded a green jacket, soccer boots, and a certificate.

Thembinkosi Mbamba a right winger said, he did not get a SMS notification, but he went to the stadium as early as 06h00 in the morning. Starving as he was he waited patiently until he trialled at Starving as he was he waited patiently until he trailed 16:00

Executive for group Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Mr Thulani Sibeko said he is confident that even this edition will produce great players for the Premier Soccer league. Since Nedbank Ke Yona teams were established, we have managed to discover 10 players who are playing professionally.

Sibeko counted Aubrey Modiba who is currently with the under 23 in Rio Brazil at the Olympics.

Mashaba took the stage again to announce his captain who will lead the team when they play Matsatsantsa a pitori come the first week of September. Bongani Mbuli from Mpumalanga was presented with an arm band as Mashaba congratulated all those who made it and encouraged those who had to swallow the pain of not being part of the Ke yona team. He concluded by saying Nedbank is doing a great job in awakening the sleeping giants amongst the ordinary boys.

“Some of these players are coming from the remote of the remote areas. They had to take two or more taxis to get to the venue where we conducted our trials.”

The new captain Mbuli seemed to be not overwhelmed by being chosen to lead the team. Speaking to Mabaleng Sports Center he said, wherever he played he had always been trusted with that armband.

“It actually crossed my mind that I might be the captain, I was prepared and ready to take this arm band. I think I was born with this thing” said the shy Witbank born player who grew up supporting Orlando Pirates

The other previous champions who had participated in the Nedbank cup challenge include Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates. Supersport united are the recent champions and will be playing against these lads who will be going all out to exhibit their God given talents in search of a luck to be chosen by the PSL teams.

The 2016 Ke Yona Team is structured as follows

during the 2016 Ke Yona Team selection at Nedbank Head Office in Sandton on 10 August 2016 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Player Name                                 Position                        Province

Akhona Manqola                               Right back                        Eastern Cape

Thembinkosi Mbamba                     Right Wing                       Gauteng

Tshepo Mashego                                Attacking midfielder      Gauteng

Zairon Abrahams                               Striker                                Western Cape

Bongani Mbuli                                   Centre Back                       Mpumalanga

Thulani Jele                                       Centre Back                       Gauteng

Paseka Gang                                      Goalkeeper                         Free State

Cameron Chweu                               Attacking midfielder        Free State

Jeremiah Nkwana                            Attacking midfielder         Gauteng

Lindani Nkabinde                            Defensive midfielder         Gauteng

Musawakhe Mncwango                  Goalkeeper                          KwaZulu-Natal

Katlego Mohlala                                Midfielder                           North West

Iyanda Mabani                                   Left wing                             Free State

Thulani Motloung                              Defender                             Eastern Cape

Miguel Van Oudtsshoorn                 Central defender               Western Cape

Tshepo Aphane                                   Left back                            Gauteng

Sinethemba Sdeba                             Defender                             Eastern Cape

Kenny Nkhatho                                  Striker                                  Gauteng