KZN Academy send five youngsters to Portugal


The KwaZulu Natal Football Academy continues with its strides of developing young players and nurturing them for professional ranks in Europe.

The Academy which has produced some of the finest talents in the country has taken five U18 players to Portugal for a week-long trial with the view to sealing deals for them.

The five players are attacking midfielders Mthokozisi Mdluli, Etha Trim, Katlego Tjane, right-winger Sanele Zwane and defensive midfielder Philasande Kubheka.

The teenagers were part of the KZN Academy SAFA Regional League team and they impressed scouts from Portugal, who asked to have a look at them.

Their coach Mduduzi Shange is adamant the boys will not come back to South Africa, because of their talent.

“They are going there for trial, our technical director Julio Lorenzo is also in Portugal, arranging teams for the boys.”

“I’m sure they get opportunities there, the worse part they are still at school, so they might finish school that side. But the team that we are preparing for the new season, they have not been included,” said Shange.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter