FOLLOWING a successful Try-Out phase across the country, a selection of 48 young hopefuls underwent an elimination boot camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, during the youth day weekend.
The group which was selected on the back of the Try-Out phase was downsized to 30 future players, whom 18 of them will be representing Ke Yona team in the final against Nedbank Cup SuperSport United later this year.
These players will be training under a watchful eye of former Bafana Bafana mentor Shakes Mashaba, Under-23 coach Owen Da Gama with Mzansi’s development experts Mike “Sporo” Mangena and Khabo Zondo.
The next boot camp is scheduled from 30 June to 2 July.
Modiba featured for his side during the 2016/17 Nedbank Cup Final on Saturday, 24 June as Supersport United became the first club ever in the history of the Cup to successfully defend their title when they played against Orlando Pirates.
The Ke Yona Team Search graduate scored his first Nedbank Cup goal in the 2017 last 16 game against Kwa Dukuza United, becoming the second Ke Yona Team Search graduate to score in a Nedbank Cup - this after striker Chikohwa proved his worth by netting a spectacular goal in the 2016 campaign against a relentless Matsatsantsa.
Chikowha who captained the 2015 Ke Yona team, expressed his appreciation towards the intense Ke Yona boot camp program.
He said: “My abilities as a footballer were stretched and I can truly say that during the course of the program. I reached a certain level of maturity as a player, I no longer relied solely on my talent.
"The program really helped me to develop and grow fully, in ways I could not have achieved on my own.
The Bootcamp phase of the campaign is aimed at honing the players’ physical and mental well-being