After graduating from the Kaptiva Sport academy last year 19-year-old South African attacker Kwinda Netshitangani has joined Spanish lower division side CD Almunecar City on a one-year-deal.
CD Almunecar City is not known by many football fans, but the club which was only founded in 2017 by former Norwich and Bournemouth player George Jermy is considered a rising Phoenix in the lower division system in Spain.
CD Almunecar City has only been in the system for three years but has gained two promotions already in that short period of time which has taken them to the 6th tier of Spanish football.
Their rise is a good success considering their policy of youth development and elevating young players to the top divisions of Spanish football while achieving their objectives of moving up the ranks as quickly as possible.
The clubs mostly signs young players from all over the world and give them a chance of playing first team football while looking to impress scouts from bigger teams in Spain. Based in a town of Almunecar in Granada the club has become the main club for the locals who have an estimated population of just over 35 000.
The club is a senior team for Malaga City Academy who are its feeder academy producing talented teenagers into the club’s ranks, the academy is also under the same ownership as the club.
In an exclusive interview with FARPost, Netshitangani opened up about his new challenge in Spain saying, “After leaving the Kaptiva Sport Academy I looked forward to signing for any club and play professional football as soon as possible which unfortunately did not happen immediately so in a bid to earn my first professional contract elsewhere I trialed with various clubs to impress.
“I went to countries like Germany, Poland and the USA. When I came back home I also went to trials with a few clubs in South Africa but I was not fitting in,” said Netshitangani.
“I learnt a lot from that process which required a lot of patience and perseverance. I had to show a lot of determination to make my dream come true so for me to finally get this move it’s good because I believed in myself and my capabilities. I knew I deserved something solid that will be good for me and foster my growth in professional football so I’m happy I have finally found my perfect match with my new club,” he continued.
Netshitangani had spent three years in Spain with Kaptiva Sport Academy based in Barcelona so Spain is familiar territory to him as it is almost like his second home.
“I love Spain and consider it my second home because I’ve spent a lot of time there in the last few years. I am excited, grateful and looking forward to it I promise to do my absolute best.”
“I would like to thank my parents, my agent and all those who believe in me,” he concluded.
Speaking to the club’s website about their new acquisition director George Jermy commented, “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Kwinda to the club for the 2020/21 season. He’s an amazing young talent possessing electric pace and is an absolute joy to watch. We can’t wait to work with Kwinda as he makes the transition into senior football.”
It remains unknown when the season in Spain will resume for the 2020/21 campaign, but the attacker will be looking to hit the ground running as soon as he can with his new club who will be looking at continuing their rapid rise in the lower leagues.
Netshitangani has scored over 100 goals in his youth career so far and will be looking to continue where he left off as he takes his first steps into first team football.
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