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By unknown | Dec 11, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Nation-building through sports development has a firm winner in Shona Khona.

The soccer talent-search programme, sponsored and organised by Metcash and Reckitt Benckiser, with Sowetan and the SABC acting as media sponsors, is now in its second year and is succeeding in raising greater interest in sports and academic development among the country's youth.

To enter the soccer programme, youngsters or their parents, buy specially marked Reckitt Benckiser products at Metcash and Metcash-friendly stores and then forward their names, addresses and other details to the Shona Khona organisers.

Just under 100 youngsters, selected from thousands of hopefuls throughout the land, attended Shona Khona's three-day coaching and life-skills development camp in Gauteng held at the weekend.

There, six young soccer hopefuls duly impressed the event's keen-eyed selectors, who included local soccer greats Marks Maponyane, Bernard Lushozi, James Mabena and Mandla Mazibuko.

The six youngsters will be joined by six others in April. Together they will travel to Brazil to gain extra soccer and life-skills coaching in July.

The lucky six, selected at the Safa-Transnet Soccer School of Excellence in Elandfontein, Ekurhuleni, were: Dominic Mfusi, 13, from Krugersdorp, Gauteng, Moalusi Mathe, 16, from ThabaNchu, Free State, Bongani Mocksin, 13, from Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, Jerry Nkwana, 15, from Mamelodi, Gauteng, Mzwandile Magqwaka, 13, from Gugulethu, Western Cape - and 14-year-old Lwando Bhebhetha also from Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.

They will receive their training at the famous soccer academy in Sao Paulo.

Nkwana was also offered a place at the Safa Transnet School of Excellence following his sterling performance at the Shona Khona weekend.


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