Youth Focus: Luyanda Gumede

He has the right athletic body, is very quick on the field and that is what makes AmaZulu’s Luyanda Gumede unique from other players.

The 17-year-old Tongaat boy who has been part of AmaZulu since the tender age of 13, recently got selected for the South Africa Under 17 national team Amajimbos.

“I can’t define how it felt like when I receive the news that I have been selected for the national team. In actual fact I had tears on my eyes, realizing that my dreams are now coming true,” said Gumede.

The right back said his stay at AmaZulu has been amazing and he has learnt a lot since joining the club.

“I have been with AmaZulu since I was 13 and since then I have grown and achieved a lot with the club. From the Under 17s I was promoted to the reserve team and that is where I am playing now,” said Gumede.

Gumede is now part of the 24 boys that are fighting to make the final 21 team
that will play in the FIFA World Cup in Chile in October this year.

“I am working hard and I am hoping that I will make the final cut and go to the
World Cup.

Gumede said it was his performance at the Bayhill Cup in Cape Town that got him a spot in the national team.

“I think it was my performances in the national tournaments that attracted the selectors towards my talent. My dream is to play for the AmaZulu first team then eventually play overseas and make my family proud,” he said.

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