As schools opened this week in South Africa, Durban-based Glenwood High School welcomed one 13-year-old Sbusiso Ntuli of KwaMsane Township (North KZN) on a bursary awarded by AmaZulu FC.
The grateful youngster from Phaphasi Primary is part of the KZN football club’s scouted players from last year’s satellite football tournaments organised by Build It.
Ntuli received the Player of the Tournament for his gallant display in two successive tournaments in the Zululand region, including zonal finals in December.
The Build It football initiative was founded in 2006 and has unearthed a number of gems with promise in the South African football scene.
Within the club nicknamed Usuthu, talented players like Sbusiso Magaqa and first team player Nkanyiso Zungu are some of the players the initiative has managed to produce.
Ntuli joins other peers who will be part of a programme called the Elite Football Programme at the AmaZulu – Glenwood Football Academy.
The programme places emphasis towards developing professional athletes which will excel at academic level and go on to become astute members of society in line with Glenwood High School’s ethos.
The youngsters will be well looked after, as the program, which is under coach Thabiso Maketha ,will be monitored by head of development Steve Bezuidenhout and AmaZulu community programmes manager Mpho Dintwa to ensure that they excel in the program throughout the year.
Coach Thabiso Maketha recently returned from a trip in the UK which saw him pair up with Liverpool U-21 coaches in an exchange of football and education ideas.
This year the Elite Football Program welcomed 16 new players altogether. From time to time AmaZulu first team head coach Steve Barker and his technical team will oversee their progress.Share