Last chance for Ke Yona football hopefuls to impress

The Nedbank Ke Yona Team selectors – Khabo Zondo, Ephraim “Shakes”Mashaba and Mike Mangena during the 2017 Bootcamp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria

The final leg of the 2018 Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search try-outs is approaching. Young football hopefuls between the ages of 18 and 23 are urged to make their way to the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

The trials, which are spearheaded by the magnificent coaching trio of Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, Mike “Sporo” Mangena and Khabo Zondo will take place on Saturday, 2 June 2018 from 08h00. The Gauteng trials come on the back of the Search having already successfully taken place in Limpopo, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and most recently, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Through the rich five-year history of the football development initiative, Kwa-Zulu Natal has consistently ranked amongst the most attended try-out venues. From the past four try-outs, there were over 4000 entries from budding youngsters across the province, looking to be identified for a chance at a professional football career and this past weekend at the Princess Magogo stadium was no different.

The Gauteng leg of the trials will be a much-needed reminder to all future players who will make the 2018 Ke Yona Team of this once in a lifetime opportunity to face 2018 Nedbank Cup Champions, Free State Stars, in a friendly Ke Yona Challenge match this coming September. The next phase of the Team Search, namely Bootcamp 48 and Bootcamp 30 elimination rounds, will prelude the much-anticipated Ke Yona Challenge. The camps will be take place shortly after the trials conclude.

“The Kwazulu-Natal try-outs have always been similar to Gauteng in terms of turn out and talent. We are looking forward to filling our last few spots for our team of 48 before the Bootcamps start taking place,” said an excited Mashaba,” we are on a search for raw talent, therefore we don’t expect the boys to be one hundred percent fit. The fitness levels of the players will be taken care of during the boot camps and grooming them is an integral part of the next phase,” concluded Mashaba.

“As a brand that is premised on using its money expertise to do good, we are extremely proud to see the fruits of this initiative, evidenced in the success of the graduates of the Ke Yona Team Search,” says Tutu Skosana, Sponsorship Manager: Football Properties at Nedbank.

Our approach at Nedbank is to bring to life passion for the Ke Yona Team Search, and to highlight the significant role that money plays in helping consumers realise their dreams. As a result, we’ve launched innovative, affordable products such as the Nedbank Pay as You Use R5.50 account which comes with unlimited card swipes, free cellphone and internet banking, and you can do your banking on the Nedbank Money™ app without using any data. Soon to be introduced is the Nedbank MobiMoney Account, where your cellphone is your account. No need for paperwork or to step into branch, all you need is your ID number to open the account, on your cellphone, within minutes These and other products offered by the bank, demonstrate our commitment to producing innovative solutions that get your money to back you.

With only one try-out venue left, over 500 trialists are expected to attend the Gauteng try-outs on Saturday, 2 June 2018 at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg. The try-outs begin at 08h00 and all participants are advised to arrive early and have a form of identification or a certified copy of their existing ID document.