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IT’S crunch time for the 48 players from around the country whose talent has been recognised in the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search.

Now in a bootcamp to get them fit and match ready, they will be fighting it out for a spot on the 18-man squad that will face SuperSport in September.

SunSport asked former Nedbank Ke Yona Team graduates Ian Chikohwa and Morgan Van Rooyen to give some words of wisdom to this crop of players.

Chikohwa, who now plays for relegated University of Pretoria, said: “The players need to work hard at the bootcamp to better their chances of getting selected. They should be consistent in the field of play.”

Santos midfielder Van Rooyen moved to Gauteng from the Northern Cape to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He was talented and fortunate enough to get the nod for the Nedbank Ke Yona Team in 2014.

“The Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search is a great platform from which to start building your career as a professional. Grab the opportunity because it helped most of us get to where we are now,” he said.

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