The dream of playing in front of a packed stadium and live television is slowly edging closer for the Nedbank Ke Yona Team who will be facing the 2014 Nedbank Cup Champions. It has been months of mental and physical training for the Ke Yona stars in preparation for an iconic clash against Orlando Pirates.
The team has been hard at work under the watchful eyes of high profile coaches Shakes Mashaba, Khabo Zondo, Owen Da Gama and Mike Mangena and will soon be ready to take on the Nedbank Cup Champions.
Coach Owen Da Gama concedes that the match against Orlando Pirates will be a tough one but strongly believes that his charges will be ready to take on the Soweto giants.
Speaking at the High Performance Centre today where the team is currently training , ”Rubber Doll” as the former Platinum Stars coach is affectionately known said that the team has responded positively to their tactics and instructions and come match day, they will be ready.
“We have a huge task ahead of us in taking on Orlando Pirates. The boys are fired up and eager to go onto the pitch but we still need to sharpen certain areas both in attack and defence. We have a formidable squad this year but you need to be very sharp against a quality side like Pirates. This week’s training camp will be used to fine-tune all our shortcomings and work on our strengths. I can confidently declare that we will give Pirates a good run for their money” said Da Gama.
A total of 45 players from KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Limpopo, Cape Town and Gauteng were identified through the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search, where thousands of football hopefuls raised their hands in response to Nedbank’s call to making their football dreams happen.
The team has been involved in numerous training sessions and practise matches in preparation for this clash. Over and above that, Nedbank went the extra-mile in giving these young men some valuable financial fitness sessions which will equip the boys in making sound financial decisions.
Article: Madoda Ntuli