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'Nanana' on a spying mission in Holland

By unknown | May 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Mike "Nanana" Ntombela, professional soccer player-turned development coach, leaves for Holland tomorrow on a two-pronged mission.

He will be attending the yearly Copa Amsterdam Soccer Tournament.

His main aim is to learn more about the Dutch soccer academies' set-up.

Ajax Cape Town development, which has two products from Ntombela's Senaoane Gunners in Soweto, will take part in this

Under-19 event, which is scheduled for May 23 to 25.

The two youngsters from Senaoane Gunners are Thulane Serero and Thulani Hlatshwayo. Serero is also on the books of the Urban Warriors' senior team.

"It's a golden opportunity to go to the home of Ajax Amsterdam, whom we all know have one of the best development programmes," said Ntombela.

"We (Gunners) have youngsters from other townships in Soweto.

"Some of our players are playing in the professional ranks.

It will serve as an inspiration for the other up and coming Sowetans.

Ntombela, who is also a member of the Soweto Football Association technical committee, is also credited with unearthing Ajax's Clifford "Robot" Ngobeni.

Eight clubs will participate in the tournament in Holland, which was won by Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 when they beat Germany's Werder Brenen 1-0 last year.

The Urban Warriors have been drawn in Group A with big brother Ajax Amsterdam, Italy's Juventus and Cruzeiro EC of Brazil.

The other four clubs in another group are Athletic Muneiro (Brazil) Spain's Valencia, AZ Alkmaar and FC NH (Holland).


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