United stars in­spire lo­cal pupils in train­ing clinic visit

The Witness - - SPORT - NONDUMISO ZAKWE

MARITZBURG United paid a visit to Eden­dale Tech­ni­cal High School in Eden­dale yes­ter­day to run a train­ing clinic with the school’s soc­cer team and build ex­cite­ment for their Absa Pre­mier­ship derby with AmaZulu at Harry Gwala Sta­dium on Fri­day.

Team of Choice play­ers Mot­sie Matema, Ziyaad Ek­steen, Rushine de Reuck and Luyanda Nt­shangase, led by as­sis­tant coach Siya Md­luli, in­ter­acted with the young­sters and put their play­ing skills to the test in an event fea­tur­ing over 1 000 ju­bi­lant pupils.

The initiative was favourably re­ceived by the staff and pupils, with Grade 12 pupil Lwazi Nqange, who plays as a goal­keeper for the Eden­dale school’s soc­cer team, ex­press­ing huge ex­cite­ment.

“It’s a re­ally rare op­por­tu­nity for us. We al­ways watch them on TV, so to spend the day with them and ask for ad­vice is re­ally in­spi­ra­tional. This will mo­ti­vate us to do well and, hope­fully, get to their level one day,” he said.

Im­bali­born Nt­shangase said the aim of the initiative was to show the club’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing a plat­form for young­sters who wished to im­prove in the sport.

“I think it’s a good initiative by the club. For me, it’s close to my heart. I’m just glad that I can be part of this and in­spire the youth,” he said.

“I hope the guys had fun be­cause we did and, of course, that we’ve left a mark. We want to en­cour­age them and mo­ti­vate them.”

The ex­cited pupils also re­ceived match tick­ets to Fri­day’s KZN derby, which kicks off at 8 pm.

PHOTO: NONDUMISO ZAKWE

Maritzburg United play­ers gave coach­ing lessons to the Eden­dale Tech­ni­cal High School’s soc­cer team on the school’s ground yes­ter­day.

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