Build It and AmaZulu award bursary to three youngsters


Build It and AmaZulu FC have awarded three promising footballers with bursaries at KZN leading schools, Glenwood High School and Ohlange High School. The formal presentation was held at a media briefing on 24 April at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Tyreede Roberts (Grade 9; 15 years old) who hails from Richmond and Chase Adonis from Richards Bay (Grade 8; 16 years old) enrolled with Glenwood for the 2019 academic.

Maphumulo born, Asiphe Mbanjwa (Grade 8; 16 years old) was welcomed with warm hands at Ohlange High School.

The three were identified from last year’s training camp which lasted three days in Durban. A total number of 30 best players from a pool of 14 000 that took part in Build It’s 2018 football festivals countrywide including five from Swaziland attended the camp.

AmaZulu General Manager, Lunga Sokhela saluted the club’s U13 partners in providing a helping hand towards developing future leaders at Usuthu.

“This program for me, forms the core of our recruitment of the finest young players. Our vision is to develop our very own. We appreciate this Build It partnership for assisting us in achieving this,” said Sokhela.

Build It Managing Director, Ray Whitmore thanked the club for going beyond the football narrative in affording chances to football hopefuls.

“The AmaZulu FC partnership is not just about soccer but about developing a holistic future for these selected players.

“The bursary with partnership schools will equip kids into not only future players, but also future leaders,” said Whitmore.

The awardees at Glenwood High School will both be on a R48 000 bursary each while the Ohlange High School pupil is on a R19 500 bursary.

One of the success stories of the Build It football festival which has been running since 2005 is none other than AmaZulu promising prospect, Sphesihle Maduna.

The Ladysmith born 20-year midfield wonder, played the Build It tournament in 2010 during a tournament held in Pine Town whilst a pupil at Christopher Nxumalo Primary School.

He was promoted into the senior team in the middle of the 2017/18 season by current Usuthu head coach Cavin Johnson having progressed through the junior ranks since joining the structures from the U17s. Maduna matriculated with flying colours from Glenwood High School in 2017.

The tournament extends its reach beyond the borders of Mzansi with successful tournaments recorded in Swaziland which has benefited their U21 and U15 chosen from the U13 festivals.

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