Usuthu contribute towards youth development in East London

AmaZulu’s East London trip has sparked a glimmer of hope to youth footballers from the Buffalo City Region as Usuthu partnered with the Gompo LFA in the staging of a junior football tournament.

The under 13, 15 and 17 tournament was launched on 11 May at the Garden Court Hotel.

The youngsters were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to advice from PSL record breaking pair Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti alongside head coach Cavin Johnson and other first team players.

Chairperson of Gompo LFA and Vice President of SAFA Buffalo City Region, Vukile Mlanjana thanked the club for inspiring the youth.

“To the Gompo LFA children this tournament will bring hope that one day they can become professional footballers and follow in the footsteps of these legendary players like Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvete, Mabhuti Khanyeza and Nhlanhla Vilakazi.

“It was a lifetime achievement to rub shoulders with them,” said Mlanjana.

Usuthu’s association with the province and the region is well documented.

The AmaZulu Community Trust and SAFA Buffalo City Region have collaborated in football development projects for mutual benefits for years.

AmaZulu loaned Reserve Team striker Thokozani Ngubane to Safa Third Division side Tornado FC who has hit the ground running in the fight for NFD promotion under former goalkeeper, Tshepo Motsoeneng.

Mlanjana is hopeful that one day players can be unearthed from the tournament to get a chance at being part of the development and educational setup within the Usuthu family.

The youngsters also got a chance to watch the club’s youth development alumni Sphesihle Maduna (19) in first team action against Bloemfontein Celtic at Sisa Dukashe Stadium.

Although Usuthu lost 3-1 the AmaZulu Glenwood Academy graduate scored his first Absa Premiership goal on the day.

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