Youth in pro­vin­cial squad

The Rep - - SPORT - By Tem­bile Sgqolana

YAMKELA Madanda, 18, from Mlungisi has been se­lected to take part in the South African Football As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) SAB U21 Eastern Cape team that will par­tic­i­pate at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Pre­to­ria from June 28 to July 5.

Madanda, who plays for All Star XI, is the only player from the Chris Hani dis­trict who will par­tic­i­pate at the na­tional event.

In an in­ter­view on Tues­day, Madanda said he was pleased with his se­lec­tion. “This is my first year play­ing in the SAB league and I have been se­lected to rep­re­sent the province. This shows that I have tal­ent and my coach is do­ing a great job.”

Play­ers from the Eastern Cape were of­ten not taken se­ri­ously and it was up to the team mem­bers to prove that they were wor­thy of be­ing in the na­tional team.

“I thank my fam­ily and all those who helped me in my ca­reer. I am go­ing to make them proud.”

All Star coach Ringo Klaas said Madanda was a dis­ci­plined player.

“This is the first time that I have had a player se­lected to rep­re­sent the Eastern Cape U21 team.”

Madanda left Queen­stown on Wed­nes­day to join a camp in East Lon­don. On Satur­day they will leave for Pre­to­ria where they will com­pete at the Safa SAB U21 na­tional tour­ney.

Pic­ture: TEM­BILE SGQOLANA

HOPE: Yamkela Madanda was se­lected as a mem­ber of the Eastern Cape team that will par­tic­i­pate at the South African Football As­so­ci­a­tion SAB U21 na­tional cham­pi­onships

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