Nedbank Cup and Ke Yona shows development is key in our football structures!

Former Mamelodi Sundowns star Dan Malesela twice won the Nedbank Cup competition as a player – and produced a remarkable feat in leading National First Division side United FC to the semi-finals of the competition in 2013 when they narrowly lost 2-1 to eventual winners Kaizer Chiefs.

His achievements as a player came with Orlando Pirates in 1998, and then again with this year’s Last 4 competitors Sundowns in 1998, where he was a stalwart of the side. Malesela sees plenty of talent in the current Sundowns squad, so much so that he feels coach Pitso Mosimane has plenty of selection headaches.

“It is a big squad with lots of talent, he is still trying new combinations to find his best pairings,” Malesela says. “But this is a team that can dominate the opposition, though teams also seem to raise their game to play against them.”

The Nedbank Cup semi-finals will be played on the weekend of 25 and 26 April with Mamelodi at home against Vasco Da Gama while Ajax Cape Town will have home advantage against Supersport United. Venues and kick-off times will be confirmed in due course.

The Nedbank Cup continues to make things that really matter happen for sports development. During the current campaign, R 1 million is being dispersed for soccer kits and training equipment for 100 schools across the country.

Another R 1 million is being used to build a Multi-Purpose Sports Court for a school in partnership with the Sports Trust.

In addition, this weekend will see the start of the third season of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team search which has been a springboard to a number of youngsters who are now making a name for themselves at various clubs.

Players between the ages of 18 and 25 in possession of a valid South African ID can make their dreams happen by simply dialling *120*KEYONA# or *120*539662# and following the easy steps to enter.

Successful applicants are reminded to bring their Identity Documents when coming to the stadium for the trials.

Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search Dates:

Mpumalanga, Mbombela Stadium

01 April 2015

18 April 2015

08:00 – 17:00

Free State, Free State Stadium

07 April 2015

27 April 2015

08:00 – 17:00

Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

10 April 2015

01 May 2015

08:00 – 17:00

KwaZulu-Natal, King Zwelithini Stadium

17 April 2015

03 May 2015

08:00 – 17:00

Western Cape, Athlone Stadium

05 May 2015

23 May 2015

08:00 – 17:00

Gauteng, Rand Stadium

11 May 2015

30 May 2015

08:00 – 17:00

Twitter: #NedbankCup & @NedbankSport

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Hashtag: #ThingsThatReallyMatter / #TTRM


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