Nedbank Cup last 32

Free State Vodacom League side Roses United have been one of the most successful clubs in the country in bringing through young talent in recent seasons.

Despite being a third-tier team, the club has seen a steady stream of its players go on to play top-flight football and for some, even win national team honours.


It is a remarkable record for a side that was only formed in 2009 but has quickly made its mark on the South African football landscape, though this will be their first appearance in the Last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.

Current Bloemfontein Celtic stars Kgotso Moleko, Tumelo Nhlapo and Jacky Motshegwa, as well as Santos striker Vuyisile Wana, are just a few of the players who have come through the Roses ranks.

The club won the Free State Vodacom League in both the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons, but failed in their bid for a First Division place at the national play-offs.


The side is currently managed by former Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper John Tlale, as well as ex-Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs striker Benjamin Reed.

Of the current young stars, Aaron Lepele, Kabelo Mahlasela, Pule Letshabo and Thato Lempe (all midfielders) are ones to watch, along with red-hot striker Alex Ngomane.


The team uses the Westdene Sports Ground and Botshabelo Stadium as their home grounds this season, while the players turn out in red and white shirts when playing at home and white and red when playing away.

 

 

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