THE NEDBANK Ke Yona Team Search (KYTS) added the expertise of two legends of South African football, former Kaizer Chiefs midfield genius Doctor Khumalo and ex-Orlando Pirates striking sensation Jerry Sikhosana to technical team for the seventh edition.
The illustrious duo will work alongside head coach Khabo Zondo, who has been a part of the Nedbank KYTS since its inception in 2013, in finding the best amateur talent in the country and put them on the path to a professional football career.
“We are delighted to have three respected figures in South African football leading KYTS this year,” said Tutu Ntuli, Nedbank’s Sponsorship Manager: Football.
“Nedbank is long-time investor in the future of football in South Africa and we are proud to bring star quality and decades of football experience and guidance to players. These individuals will be of great benefit to the youngsters. It is a dream of many of these young players to work with coaches who have truly seen it all in their careers and played at the very highest level. We are thrilled to be able to give the players this experience.”
Khumalo spent 17 years with Kaizer Chiefs, a spell broken only by loan spells in Argentina with Ferro Carril Oeste and the United States at Columbus Crew.
He won 50 caps for Bafana Bafana, having already turned 25 by the time the country was readmitted to international football, but helped the team lift the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, and played at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Khumalo was also the first ever goal-scorer for Bafana, netting against Cameroon in the team’s first international in 1992.
Khumalo also has coaching badges obtained through the South African Football Association, English Football Association and German Football Federation.
Sikhosana is most famously known for having scored the goal against ASEC Abidjan that saw The Buccaneers lift the 1995 CAF Champions Cup. He had two spells with Pirates, but also played in China for Yunnan Hongta, and has been credited with playing a leading role in the discovery of two Premier Soccer League stalwarts of the last decade, Teko Modise and Thabo Matlaba.
Zondo has coached at Tembisa Classic, Bloemfontein Celtic, Golden Arrows and Bafana Bafana, where he formed part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup technical team for the Japan/South Korea tournament.
The star-studded technical team will be assisted by Percy Moloi, Collen Mashawa and goalkeeper coach Tshepo Makgata.
The Nedbank Ke Yona Team Talent Search moves to the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday, 4 May, after the first set of trials was held in East London this past weekend and another chance for the technical team to run their eye over the best young talent in the Limpopo province.
Meanwhile, the Nedbank Cup final scheduled for Saturday, May 18 in Durban is a sell out.
The PSL confirmed the news after 10 000 tickets had initially gone on sale on Monday, April 29.
The match sees Kaizer Chiefs take on underdogs TS Galaxy FC at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
TS Galaxy, from the National First Division made it to the final after beating Golden Arrows 3-1 after extra time in their semi-final encounter while Kaizer Chiefs dispatched Chippa United 4-2.
The match kicks off at 19:00.