Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bree Primary plays crucial friendly against Wits University Academy in preparation for international world finals.

Preparations for Bree Primary School’s trip to Morocco in October, to represent South Africa at the under-12 Danone Nations Cup World football Finals, are going well.  Based on previous world finals it has been apparent that the South African players have generally been smaller than their opponents, so this year the team has been playing practice games against older, bigger teams so that they can get used to the physical challenge, and formulate tactics to counter bigger opposition.

They played a Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Academy under-13 team last month, and beat them 4 - 1 and this was followed up last week with a game against the Wits University under-13 side.

Bree lost the game 3-2, but showed plenty of tenacity and determination and gained a lot of good experience from the encounter. They rose to the challenge well and did not buckle against a powerful, experienced team.

There were some excellent performances by the Bree players, including goalkeeper Mncedisi and midfielder, Ntuthuko but it was team captain and central defender, Ntando Simayile, who led by example and was their best player on the night.

Ntando came to Bree in 2009 and has played in the Danone Nations Cup for the past two years. He was made captain this year due to his experience and his leadership qualities and is looking forward to going to Morocco.

“I want to watch all the other countries to see how they play and learn from them,” Ntando said. “I want to be a professional player one day and seeing how other countries play and how they prepare for games will benefit me.”

Ntando is very interested in Brazil. “I’m impressed with the skills and speed of Brazilian players,” he said. “They are also usually smaller, like us, yet they cope with playing against stronger bigger players. We can learn a lot from them.”

Bree beat the Sundowns team quite easily, but Ntando said Wits was a different ball game. “They were much tougher opposition and I’m happy with the way the team played. We were aggressive and went in there to win. I hope we get more practise games like that before we leave in October.”

Apart from his professional football dreams, music and dancing is Ntando’s passion and he is hoping to be a DJ one day. His favourite is DJ Zinthle. “I like her voice and the way she mixes music. I listen to a lot of music and much of it could be improved and that is what I want to do. I am going to work on a singing and dancing routine for Morocco.  I have heard that the other countries particularly like the way we dance and I don’t want to disappoint them this year.”

Some facts about Ntando:
His Hero: Hulk – he is big, green, strong, has a fantastic 6-pack, has big hands and is a hero saving people. 
Hobbies: reading and music
Favourite subject: Maths
Football hero: Andile Jali – he is Xhosa, played for Orlando Pirates and now plays in Belgium
Motto: Be disciplined, listen to your coaches, teachers and parents and learn.

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