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KE YONA TEAM GRADUATES

01/02/2018

KE YONA TEAM GRADUATES

A round-up of the senior team performances of Nedbank Ke Yona players who have signed professional contracts with clubs and are in their first team squad.

CLASS OF 2013

MWENYA CHIBWE - GOALKEEPER

Summary: Chibwe is on the books of Platinum Stars and made his debut for the side in their 3-0 victory at Bloemfontein Celtic on February 25 as an injury replacement for fellow gloveman one Mbongeni Mzimela. Has mostly played for their MultiChoice Diski Challenge side.

2014/15: United FC (NFD, loan): 18 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2015/16: Platinum Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Platinum Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 1 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Platinum Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

JAPHTA MERASE - GOALKEEPER

Summary: Merase spent two seasons in the National First Division but has been clubless since leaving GaRankuwa United in the 2014/15 campaign.

2013/14: United FC (NFD): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2014/15: GaRankuwa United (NFD): 1 start, 1 sub, 0 goals

SINETHEMBA SDEBA - DEFENDER

Summary: Sdeba played in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge for Free State Stars, but did not make a first team appearance. He tried out again in the 2016 edition of the Ke Yona Team campaign.

2013/14: Free State Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2014/15: Free State Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

KYLE DAVIES - DEFENDER

Summary: Davies spent a season on loan at Royal Eagles from Orlando Pirates, but was then released. He recently had trials with then National First Division side AmaZulu, but signed instead for University of Pretoria. He was on the move again at the start of this season, joining

second-tier Real Kings. He featured for them in the Nedbank Cup preliminary round this year, where they lost 2-1 to Highlands Park.

2014/15: Royal Eagles (NFD, loan): 0 starts, 1 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: University of Pretoria (NFD): 1 starts, 4 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Real Kings (NFD): 11 starts, 4 subs, 0 goals

CLASS OF 2014

MAPHOSA MODIBA - DEFENDER/MIDFIELDER

Summary: Modiba has been the most successful graduate of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team and became the first former pupil to lift the Nedbank Cup when he won the trophy with SuperSport United in 2017. He can play as a full-back and a winger and having been pushed further forward at

Matsatsantsa, has found his eye for goal. He is a national Under-20, Under-23 and senior team player, and is a first team regular for SuperSport.

2014/15: Mpumalanga Black Aces (PSL): 0 starts, 2 subs, 0 goals

2015/16: Mpumalanga Black Aces (PSL): 22 starts, 7 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Cape Town City (PSL): 2 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: SuperSport United (PSL): 29 starts, 12 subs, 4 goals

2017/18: SuperSport United (PSL): 27 starts, 1 sub, 6 goals

MORGAN VAN ROOYEN - MIDFIELDER

Summary: Van Rooyen spent two seasons at Santos on loan from Maritzburg United, but was released by the Pietermaritzburg-based side at the end of last season. He is back in professional football, this time with second-tier University of Pretoria.

2014/15: Santos (NFD, loan): 5 starts, 2 subs, 0 goals

2015/16: Santos (NFD, loan): 13 starts, 6 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: University of Pretoria (NFD): 2 starts, 1 subs, 0 goals

SINAWO MASANA - STRIKER

Summary: Masana was on loan at National First Division side Mthatha Bucks from Bloemfontein Celtic last season, but has since moved on to another second-tier side, Cape Town All Stars. He featured for the Mother City side in the preliminary round of the 2018 Nedbank Cup, his

first appearance in the competition, and will now look forward to playing in the Last 32.

2014/15: Free State Stars (PSL): 5 starts, 5 subs, 0 goals

2015/16: Free State Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 4 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Bloemfontein Celtic (PSL): 1 starts, 3 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Mthatha Bucks (NFD, loan): 3 starts, 6 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Cape Town All Stars (NFD): 6 starts, 4 subs, 0 goals

SANDILE KUBEKA - MIDFIELDER

Summary: Kubeka had become an important player for ambitious National First Division side Royal Eagles in previous seasons, but is having less impact in this campaign due to injury. He did play for the side in the preliminary round of the 2018 Nedbank Cup, one of just four

appearances this season, and has been in action more regularly since.

2014/15: Royal Eagles (NFD): 11 starts, 4 subs, 1 goal

2015/16: Royal Eagles (NFD): 23 starts, 2 subs, 1 goal

2016/17: Royal Eagles (NFD): 14 starts, 3 subs, 2 goals

2017/18: Royal Eagles (NFD): 7 starts, 0 subs, 1 goals

KHANYA GWALA - DEFENDER

Summary: Gwala was signed by Orlando Pirates after starring for the Nedbank Ke Yona side but has spent the last three seasons out on loan. He has mostly played for National First Division side Cape Town All Stars, but did try his luck in the Premier League with University of

Pretoria for the first half of the 2015/16 season. He joined FC Cape Town in the January 2017 transfer window and was a regular for them, carrying on with the side as they changed into Ubuntu Cape Town this season.

2014/15: Cape Town All Stars (NFD, loan): 12 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2015/16: University of Pretoria (PSL, loan): 3 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2015/16: Cape Town All Stars (NFD, loan): 13 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Cape Town All Stars (NFD, loan): 4 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: FC Cape Town (NFD, loan): 16 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Ubuntu Cape Town (NFD): 9 starts, 3 subs, 0 goals

LUTHANDO SIXHASO - GOALKEEPER

Summary: Sixhaso was promoted to the Kaizer Chiefs first team when Itumeleng Khune was out with long-term injury. He received a call-up to the National Under-23 set-up, but was not able to honour it after an injury of his own. He made a couple of appearances on the bench for Chiefs without getting on the pitch. He has signed on loan for Cape Town All Stars in the National First Division this season. He made his debut for the side in December 2017, keeping a clean-sheet in a 0-0 draw with Highlands Park. It has been announced that he has been released

by Chiefs in January 2018.

2015/16: Kaizer Chiefs (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Kaizer Chiefs (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Cape Town All Stars (NFD, loan): 1 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

CLASS OF 2015

IAN CHIKOHWA - STRIKER

Summary: Chikohwa kept his place in the AmaTuks squad when the team was relegated from the Premier League and has been a useful campaigner in the second tier. He has two goals this campaign and continues to develop under coach Shaun Bartlett. He netted a goal for the

Pretoria-based club in the Nedbank Cup in 2016 as AmaTuks drew 3-3 with SuperSport United, though the side lost in a shoot-out. He was the first Ke Yona product to get a goal in the Nedbank Cup.

2015/16: University of Pretoria (PSL): 6 starts, 3 subs, 1 goal

2016/17: University of Pretoria (NFD): 10 starts, 2 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: University of Pretoria (NFD): 6 starts, 8 subs, 2 goals

JARRED MEYER - DEFENDER

Summary: Meyer was signed by Jomo Cosmos for their MultiChoice Diski Challenge side but left the club when they were relegated to the National First Division at the end of last season.

2015/16: Jomo Cosmos (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

THAMSANQA GWABENI - DEFENDER

Summary: Gwabeni initially made good strides at Platinum Stars, but he has battled since. The team¹s struggles this season have curtailed his opportunities, and he did not feature at all in 2017. He will hope for better in 2018.

2015/16: Platinum Stars (PSL): 1 start, 4 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Platinum Stars (PSL): 2 starts, 4 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Platinum Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

RICARDO VERSUUR - DEFENDER

Summary: Versuur took a while to make his way into the professional ranks but has been a regular for National First Division side Super Eagles this season. The right-back is one of the few players from the Northern Cape to make it to the big-time. He played for the club in the

preliminary round of the 2018 Nedbank Cup.

2017/18: Super Eagles (NFD): 18 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

CLASS OF 2016

JEREMIAH NKWANA - MIDFIELDER

Summary: Nkwana played for the University of Pretoria¹s MultiChoice Diski Challenge side last season but it no longer part of the squad.

2015/16: University of Pretoria (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

BONGANI MBULI - DEFENDER

Summary: Centre-back Mbuli, the captain of the 2016 Nedbank Ke Yona side, joined high-flying Bidvest Wits on a two-year deal, but in January 2017 was released to sign for Cape Town All Stars in the National First Division, making his debut the following month. He has since moved

on to Free State-based Super Eagles, where he has been a regular since, also scoring his first goal in this campaign.

2016/17: BidVest Wits (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2016/17: Cape Town All Stars (NFD): 1 starts, 4 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Super Eagles (NFD): 18 starts, 0 subs, 1 goal

AKHONA MANQOLA - DEFENDER

Summary: Manqola did not receive a club to train with after the draft picks following the 2016 Ke Yona Team campaign, but won a contract at National First Division side Cape Town All Stars, who he joined late last year. He held down a regular spot in their first team, but was

released at the end of the season.

2016/17: Cape Town All Stars (NFD): 3 starts, 6 subs, 0 goals

CLASS OF 2017

BONGANI SAM - DEFENDER

Summary: Left-back Sam was signed by Bloemfontein Celtic this season but has been loaned out to National First Division side Highlands Park. He made his debut for the latter in a 0-0 draw with Cape Town All Stars in December 2017.

2017/18: Highlands Park (NFD, loan): 1 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

KAMOGELO MOGOTLANE - DEFENDER

Summary: Centre-back Mogotlane, who was skipper of the 2017 Nedbank Ke Yona Team, has been signed by Premier League Cape Town City on an 18-month deal after impressing coach Benni McCarthy on trial. Tipped as one of the future, he has gone on loan to Cape Town All Stars in the

National First Division.

2017/18: Cape Town City (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

2017/18: Cape Town All Stars (NFD): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

MDUDUZI KHUMALO - GOALKEEPER

Summary: Goalkeeper Khumalo had trials at Orlando Pirates but it was Free State Stars who moved for his signature, offering him a two-and-a-half year deal at the club. He was in goals when the Ke Yona Team were beaten 2-1 by SuperSport United in September, but impressed with a

number of fine saves.

2017/18: Free State Stars (PSL): 0 starts, 0 subs, 0 goals

*The views represented are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent those of Nedbank.