Talented Madibaz football player Siwaphiwe Maso will be out to catch the eye when turns out for the Nedbank Cup Ke Yona team in Mpumalanga on Sunday.
The squad of 18 was selected after a series of regional trials around the country and will play Nedbank Cup champions TS Galaxy.
The Ke Yona team is aimed at giving promising young players a platform to demonstrate their prowess and the 22-year-old Maso wants to make the most of his opportunity.
“The selection of this team means everything to me and my family,” said Maso.
“I’ve sacrificed a lot for this and I’ve worked very hard to pursue my dreams.”
An attacking midfielder, Maso has been described by his coaches as “an industrious player with a high work-rate”.
Coach Silulami Myataza said he was the perfect example of a player who had emerged from the club structures.
“As a first-year student, he formed an integral part of the Madibaz team which won the PE Football Association premier reserve league in 2018,” added Myataza.
Madibaz Sport football manager Mark Tommy was excited with the recognition Maso had received.
“It has been really good to watch his development over the years and it’s an indication that the structures we have in place at Madibaz Football are nurturing the internal growth of potential talent,” he said.