Talented Madibaz football player Siwaphiwe Maso has been chosen for the Nedbank Cup Ke Yona team to play TS Galaxy in Mpumalanga this weekend.
The selection of the 18-man squad, chosen after a series of regional trials, is aimed at giving promising young players a platform to demonstrate their prowess.
The plum prize at the end of it all is a match against the Nedbank Cup champions, which will take place at the Kameelrivier Stadium in Mpumalanga on Sunday.
TS Galaxy, who play in the National First Division, won the domestic knockout title when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs in the final in May.
Maso, a third-year Nelson Mandela University BA student, said he wanted to make the most of this opportunity.
“The selection of this team means everything to me and my family,” said Maso, who grew up in Mthatha but now lives in residence in Port Elizabeth.
“I’ve sacrificed a lot for this and I’ve worked very hard to pursue my dreams.”
Having represented Madibaz, he added that it was a privilege to have played for the varsity.
“I hope that my selection to the Ke Yona squad of 18 will be a boost in morale for my teammates and motivate them to know that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”
Madibaz coach Silulami Myataza said Maso was the perfect example of a player who had graduated through the club structures.
“From his time as a first-year student, he formed an integral part of the Madibaz team which won the PE Football Association premier reserve league in 2018,” he said.
“He also had a few games for the premier league team and became a standout player in the SAB League side.”