Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mamelodi Sundowns host training camp for top U19 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup players from 2014

The Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup national finals were held in Soshanguve last month and the players in action were closely observed by scouts from Mamelodi Sundowns who, in the end chose the 24 most talented individuals on view and invited them to attend a training camp at the club’s Chloorkop headquarters between the 28th November and the 5th December.

It’s going to be an exciting time for the youngsters, and an opportunity for them to show that they are ready to step up into the professional ranks.

Siyabonga Masinga, a 19 year-old central mid-fielder who is in grade 11 at Tholokuhle High School in Richards Bay, is one of those selected and sees this as a great opportunity, one that not everyone has been given and he said he is grateful that he was selected.

“I have never attended trials or a camp before so this is a first for me.  I knew that scouts would be at the nationals and selecting a squad to attend trials so, prior to leaving KZN, I decided that my primary goal was to be selected for this camp and I put in 110 percent effort in every game I played and it has paid off,” said Siyabonga

 “I was really excited when the Sundowns scout, Mr Mdletshe, called my team manager and asked if I would be interested in coming through and I agreed on the spot.  It’s every players dream to be invited to attend a camp that is hosted by a professional team especially when it’s Mamelodi Sundowns. The team is known to produce great players, I want to be associated with that team.”

Only 4 players from Tholokuhle were selected for the training camp and they are all looking forward to learning new tactics and techniques at the camp. “As a player you need to always develop your skills and I think that’s what they will be teaching us during the camp,” said Siyabonga. “At the end of it all I will be selected to be part of their Youth Academy, it would be an honour to be a part of Sundowns. I know that their players get the best of everything in terms of training and nutrition, which are key in a player’s development.”

For Siyabonga, Themba Zwane is his favourite Sundowns player. “He is an incredible player, I would one day love to play just like him,” he said. “If we do get an opportunity to interact with the first team I would definitely want to speak to him and pick his brain a little.”

After being knocked out in the cluster stages of the tournament for years, making it to the final game at the nationals was a major achievement for the team.  “We beat schools that have been participating in this tournament for years,” Siyabonga said. “It’s unfortunate that we lost the final game to Holy Trinity High School.  I guess that some of the players got nervous when they learnt that we will be playing against players that compete for the Supersport United Academy.

“But we are thankful that we reached the finals, it was never something that we were expecting since we started in the tournament. Even though we didn’t win, we now have the experience to better prepare for next year.”

“We came as underdogs in this tournament and ended up being 2nd in the rankings. We tried our best and next year will be an even greater year for the school.”

Lucky Monyane Limpopo Benny's Sports Development
Ernest Monyadziwa Limpopo Benny's Sports Development
Trevor Kutu Free State Harmony High School
Mpho Phalakasane Free State Harmony High School
Victor Noosi (attended the 2013 camp) Free State Harmony High School
Sibusiso Sibandana Mpumalanga St Marks  International School
Xolanni Ndlovu Mpumalanga St Marks International School
Mzwakhe Mncwango KZN Tholokuhle High School
Siyabonga Masinga KZN Tholokuhle School
Nkanyiso Zungu KZN Umqhele High School
Gilbert Motlokolo Free State Harmony High School
Dillan Fransch Western Cape Mondale High School
Clint Herwell Western Cape Mondale High School
Thabang Chiloane Limpopo Benny's Sports Development
Vusi Mnguni Free State Harmony High School
Tebogo Mokoena Free State Harmony High School
Hemaxzwi Mtshidzi Limpopo Benny's Sports Development
Thabani Mnguni KZN Umqhele High School
Lwazi Mtshali KZN Tholokuhle High School
Denovan April Northern Cape Kakamas
Denovan V Ryn Northern Cape Kakamas
Damyn Smith Northern Cape Kakamas
Jay Cee Meyers Northern Cape Hope Town
Thathani Nkosi KZN Tholokuhle High School

About the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup:
•           The tournament is run under the auspices of the South Africa Football Association (SASFA)
   Named after prominent businessman Patrice Motsepe’s late mother, the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup offers the biggest prize money at school level in Africa (R3.4 million in total).
•           The sponsors are:  Sanlam, the Motsepe Foundation and the Sanlam Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust.
•           The primary objective of the tournament is to revive the culture of school football amongst students between the age of 16 and 19 years old.
•           The tournament also gives players the opportunity to showcase their skills to soccer scouts with the talented players being recruited into development structures to be nurtured and shaped into professional players.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vodacom powers up subscribers to be South Africa’s next millionaire

This summer Vodacom is bringing the power to its subscribers as one lucky South African stand the chance to be a millionaire as Vodacom will be handing over one million Rand to one lucky subscriber at the legendary Soweto Derby.

This will be the first millionaire drawn from the Vodacom 20x More Summer campaign and is one of the many prizes available to subscribers over the duration of the campaign.

In celebrating 20 years of empowering South Africans, Vodacom are giving customers the best Summer in 20 years.  As part of the 20x More Summer campaign the telecoms giant will be giving customers 400 million gifts in the form of airtime, data, fashion and food vouchers, amongst a number of other prizes and experiences.

 “This is just one of the ways in which we as Vodacom are rewarding our customers for their loyalty. This is a particularly significant year for South Africa and we as Vodacom want to celebrate the journey that we have travelled with South Africans over the past 20 years,” said Bronson Mokabela, Executive Head: Sponsorship and Regional Marketing.

The closing date for all entries for a chance to become the country’s latest millionaire will be at midnight on 27 November with the first winner being announced at the biggest sporting event on the South African sporting calendar, the Soweto Derby taking place on 6 December.

To stand a chance to be South Africa’s next millionaire, simply recharge for R12 or more or buy a Summer bundle - and you will automatically be entered into the competition.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Brazilian great, Cafu, to attend the Danone Nations Cup World Finals.

The 32 under-12 soccer teams that will be playing in the Danone Nations Cup world finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil between the 14th and 16th November are in for a treat. Groupe Danone has announced that Marcos Evangelista de Morais, better known as Cafu, will be at the finals to watch the boys and give them valuable advice.

The most capped player in Brazilian History, Cafu, has been involved with the Danone Nations Cup as ambassador for Brazil for many years and having him at the final will add value to the experience for the 384 players. 

Groupe Danone understands the key role that past and current great footballers have in influencing the way the youth tackle the game, and therefore encourage every country that competes in the tournament to appoint an ambassador.  It is these great players that encourage the youth to strive for excellence, show tenacity, play fair and most importantly to love the game and have fun. 

Zinadine Zidane still plays a critical role as one of the ambassadors and Cafu will admirably fill this role as an additional international ambassador in Brazil this year.

Cafu played for São Paulo, Roma and Milan. He is regarded to be one of the greatest fullbacks ever to grace the Italian Serie A. In 1994, he was named South American Footballer of the Year, and in 2004, he was named by Pelé one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards ceremony.

He played 142 times for Brazil, including a record 21 World Cup games. He also holds the record of winning the most matches in World Cups – 15. He retired from football in 2008.

Siphumelele Primary School of Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal will be the South African representatives in Sao Paulo after they won the South African Danone Nations Cup title. Travelling overseas and meeting players from all around the world will be an amazing experience for them.

Meeting and interacting with Cafu, one of the true legends of the game, is going to be another highlight of a week that is going to change the lives of the young players forever.

About Danone
Danone Southern Africa is part of the Danone Group, one of the fastest-growing food companies in the world.  Danone is present in over 120 countries across all continents. With 160 plants and around 100,000 employees, the Danone Group is the number one worldwide for Fresh Dairy Products. Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.
One of the core values of the Danone Nations Cup tournament is to encourage young people to believe in their dreams. Through this initiative Danone offers a sporting event that reaches out to and inspires millions of children all over the world