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Thandukwazi Gcabashe

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Shona Khona's soccer whizz kid Tyroane Sandows has signed a three-year contract with the Sao Paulo Futebol Academy in Brazil where he will play for the team until he is 15.

At the end of the three years Sandows will be re-evaluated to join the senior section of the academy, which means that he will be eligible to start the process of becoming a professional soccer player in accordance with Fifa's guidelines.

"Sandows has set himself apart from his peers. He continues to shine," says Stan Whiting, Shona Khona project coordinator. "We never anticipated this kind of success."

Since he was discovered at one of the first Shona Khona camps, the shy Sandows did not say much but the talent he displayed from the first day at the camp at the Safa-Transnet Sport School of Excellence spoke volumes. The same passion and consistency has earned him a nod from his Brazilian coaches.

Sandows' experience started with the purchase of a specially marked Reckitt Benckiser product from his local Metcash store.

What seemed to be a simple purchase, with a lucky number attached to it, has changed Tyroane's and his family's life.

The family will join the elder of their two sons in Brazil in August.

"I do not have enough words to thank you for your commitment to this project and for making Tyroane's dreams a reality, thank you," said Sandows' father, Joe, when talking to the Shona Khona sponsors.

"At first, it was just a wonderful weekend experience for all of us.

"Then, it became an incredible opportunity for Tyroane to travel to Brazil for a week, and now, nearly two years later, the whole family will be on its way to actually live in Brazil."


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