SA’s Sithole gets place in Portugal
ANOTHER hugely talented young footballer from the KwaZulu-Natal Academy has concluded a dream move to Europe, with Sphephelo Sithole joining Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the top talents in the country and joins another KZN Academy graduate‚ Thabo Cele‚ in the City of Light with the latter at Sporting’s great rival Benfica.
“It is the most amazing feeling for me to have signed with a team the size of Sporting Lisbon‚ who have developed so many top international players down the years‚” Sithole says.
“I know there is a lot of hard work ahead of me‚ but this has always been my dream and I will give it everything I have. I have such amazing support back home with my family and at the KZN Academy‚ and I am on this journey for them as much as myself.
“I must thank KZN Academy managing director Carlos Catalino for believing in my talent‚ as well as all the coaches who helped to get me to this point.
“I am very excited about what the future may hold and want to grab this opportunity with both hands and make everybody in SA proud of me.”
“Sphephelo is a wonderful talent who knows the value of hard work and we are delighted for him to have this opportunity to build a career in Europe at one of the biggest clubs in Portugal‚” Catalino said. – TimesLIVE