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32 Aspiring Vodacom NXT LVL Footballers Make The Cut

Vodacom NXT LVL 2 Aspiring Vodacom NXT LVL Footballers Make The Cut

by Soccer Laduma

Sep 30, 2016 11:21 AM

Tags: Vodacom Development

It was a bitter-sweet moment when the group of 100 aspiring footballers at the Vodacom NXT LVL Boot Camp was trimmed to 32 on Wednesday. It was a bitter moment for those who had to say goodbye but it was sweet for the 32 who made the cut.

The 32 who remain at the High Performance Centre have all won because 16 of them will receive a full bursary to study at TuksSport High School while the other 16 will each have R50 000 paid towards their education in a scheme that will be administered by the Vodacom Foundation. Former Bafana Bafana captain and one of the six coaches, Lucas Radebe, admitted that it was a hard decision to select the 32.

Radebe said, “We had forged a good relationship with most of these boys and girls. To let them go was emotional to us and some of them. But it had to be done. It didn’t mean, like we told them, that they are bad. It’s just that we needed to choose the 32. We were looking at the all-round player. The attitude and the personality. We also took in mind the formation that we want to play when we play that exhibition match.”

There was no time to rest for the 32 as they went to train after that announcement. But before that they called home with the devices Vodacom gave them to share the good news. After that the coaches – Radebe, Mark Fish, Portia Modise, Simphiwe Dludlu, Cyril Nzama and Edward Motale – prepared them for the exhibition match to be played Sunday at 3pm at Tuks Stadium. The players have been divided into two groups of 16 and the winners of that game will get the full bursary. On Tuesday they took a tour of the school the winners will be studying at from next year until they matriculate. While that will improve the education aspect of their lives, this camp has helped them improve on their football in a rare opportunity for these boys and girls, between the age of 13-16, to work with top coaches.

Radebe said, “We will be working on the formations, the structure of the game and how they will be lining up when we play to help them understand their positions and the responsibilities that come with it. They mustn’t think that they are there and they have made it already. They still need to be on their toes and work to improve their game. We have seen some talent. We have seen some of them gain confidence over the week. They appreciate this opportunity and they have a lot of respect, which will take them far.”

It took about a year to put all of this together from the videos that were uploaded on the Vodacom NXL LVL website to enter the competition to the activations throughout the country and getting everyone here.   

Vodacom’s Marketing Manager Deidre Lodwig said, "This experience has been mind-blowing. I don’t always realise the power we have as an organisation to make a change in South Africa. Seeing where some of these kids come from, we then realised how much this campaign and Vodacom has made on their lives. Some of them haven’t even eaten some of the food they ate here this week. This took Vodacom’s position of changing lives to another level and made it a reality.”

The List of the 32 Players Who Made The Cut

Edward Tuka Rankwe (16) – Moloto in Limpopo

Lefuno Matshaba (16) – Johannesburg

Waleed Mohomed Sayed (14) – Randburg

Siphiwe Paballo Mnqwazana (16) – Bloemfontein

Themba Tshepo Mabotha (15) – Polokwane

Kirsten-Lee Santillan (14) – Germiston

Ntokozo Ndaba (16) – Alberton

Ngwanya Nqobile Hlatshwayo (15) – Duduza

Luthando July (15) – Paarl

Zico Connor February (15) – Kuilsriver

Shantay Khanya Lihle Manzini (15) – Duduza

Kabelo Conrad Dankuru (15) – Polokwane

Siviwe Ntsoane Semenya (15) – Polokwane

Tlou Thabang Moloto (15) – Polokwane

Temosho Mafatle (14) – Polokwane

Samuel Resemate Masingi (16) – Pretoria

Chad Bosman (15) – Bellville

Lindokuhle Nobavu (15) – East London

Tumelo Rakotsoane (15) Bloemfontein

Cayla Jay Goncalves (14) – Kensington

Shakeel Ramathula (15) – Germiston

Retang Mogale Maphopha (13) – Polokwane

Taureeq Nicholas Patel (16) – Port Elizabeth

Diteboho Mothabeng (16) – Bloemfontein

Siyamthanda Matiwane (16) – Cape Town

Jamy-Lee Plaatjes (15) – Cape Town

Damion Ruiters (13) – East London

Agang Ngwaketse Maphopha (13) – Polokwane

Kwenadi Rethabile Lucia Makhwela (15) – Polokwane

Mathuane Duwy Selotola (15) – Polokwane

Karabo Lesetja Mokou (14) – Polokwane

Kgotlelelo Willem Motupa (15) – Polokwane

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Xego S.M-eCofimvaba
Sep 30, 2016 12:40 PM

Now I have to take my words back because I thought this was better than the NedBank Keyona search but now I feel like I was wrong. First of all you can't train boys and girls the same way even werse playing them in one match. Truth be told we can't play these boys with girls and expect them to become our next Radebe or Fish. Look S.A is a big country but look how many are from Polokwane and you come and say this is good for our country

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Man Theo
Sep 30, 2016 12:01 PM

So plk has talent neh hahahaha Proud of the boys, proudly from Polokwane

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