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Here's the next Ronaldo

By unknown | Nov 29, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thabiso Makena

Thabiso Makena

Like any other South African child, I dreamt of becoming the best soccer player in the world, like Ronaldo or Theophilus "Doctor" Khumalo.

My other big dream is to wear a Bafana Bafana jersey.

I will do whatever it takes to attain these goals.

But, two soccer camps later, I am beginning to realise that I will have to work even harder to prove my talent and skills, to learn and share my knowledge, and to be a team player.

Soccer coaching and life skills development sessions at the South African Football Association, the Transnet Soccer School of Excellence and the Sao Paulo FC's Academy in Sao Paulo in Brazil have taught me a lot.

I am glad that I am going back to Brazil and I hope I will impress them more this time. Flying to Brazil the first time was an unforgettable but scary experience.

We stayed in the Grant Estan Palace Hotel for the duration of our week-long training course. At the training camp it was easy to see that South African and Brazilian playing styles are different, that Brazilian players of all ages are more focused and determined, and that their competence and skills are of a high standard.

The junior players practice and play with smaller soccer balls to enhance their ball-control skills.

Brazilians, especially the parents of the junior players, support their children and attend the training sessions, league games and special tournaments without fail.

I loved all the extramural activities that we took part in after the soccer coaching and training sessions, especially the visits to the Murumba Stadium, where I was told that world soccer great, Pele, had executed his first bicycle kick.

l The writer, 15-year-old Thabiso Makena, and 11-year-old Tyroane Sandows are successful Shona Khona recruits. Both youngsters will go back to Brazil next year. A total of 90 pupils will attend the first of the Shona Khona education-through-sport camps at the Safa and Transnet Soccer School of Excellence, in Ekurhuleni. The four-day camp begins on December 7. Six lucky youngsters will be selected from this camp. Another camp, for another 90 aspirant players, will be held at the same venue in April. Another six players will be selected and all 12 will be flown to Brazil for further soccer and life-skills development workshops in Sao Paulo in July. Sowetan is the media sponsor of this nation-building campaign.


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