Another group of talented, young local footballers have been recruited to join the development structures of renowned football club, Kaizer Chiefs, following an intensive second season at the Nike Academy.
Luke Adams, Tshepo Myeni, Jason Arends, Humayd Moosa, Sibusiso Ngwenya Nkosinathi Temba, Lesego Mokgomo, Wandy Khwinana and Ledumo Moloi will now commence the next step in their professional football journey with the legendary Kaizer Chiefs U/17 and U/19 teams.
Nike has for the past two seasons provided the necessary exposure for unsigned, skilled footballers who require a platform to showcase their abilities as the future football stars of the country. It is through the Nike Academy that 14 boys have been selected by professional teams since the launch of the Academy in May this year.
“The Nike Academy has enabled so many of these boys to pursue their dreams of playing professional football at the highest level, proving that this grassroots programme is a successful blueprint for football development,” said Nike Academy Head Coach and former pro-footballer, Arthur Zwane.
For 10 consecutive weeks commencing 28 August, the Nike Academy provided weekly intensive pro-level training sessions where 25 young footballers were able to develop their skills under the expert guidance of coach Zwane and his support team. Assistant coaches, Stanton Fredricks and Cyril Nzama focus on game play and technical drills, match day tactics and analysis, and Percy Moloi further develops players through strength and conditioning coaching.
In addition to the intense training sessions, the squad competed in exhibition matches against Kaizer Chiefs U/19 and Bidvest Wits U/19.
As a platform that contributes to national development structures, the Nike Academy will continue to work closely with the South African Football Association (SAFA), Kaizer Chiefs and the Soweto Local Football Association to ensure the long term sustainability and effectiveness of the programme.