New chapter in Spain for Netshitangani


Kwinda Netshitangani has become a familiar name in South African football since the 20-year-old burst into the scene in 2019 with his exploits in Spain with Kaptiva Sports Academy getting him rave reviews.

Netshitangani joined Kaptiva in 2016 after having harnessed his skills at youth set ups of academies/clubs such as Randburg FC, Tuks development, Highlands Park and the Discovery youth development set up in Johannesburg.

After breaking numerous records while at Tuks including scoring the most goals scored by an individual player at youth level, winning back to back Player of the Season awards and scoring the highest number of goals by an individual at all levels in the history of the Academy, the attacker wanted to challenge himself a little bit more and when an opportunity to join the Barcelona-based academy arrived he grabbed it with both hands.

In the three years he spent at the Academy he won the top goal scorer award for two seasons running, won the Academy Player of the Season two times, scored the highest tally of goals scored by an individual with over 60 goals scored in three seasons and by the end of his third year as a senior scholar he was named the captain of the academy’s senior squad.

In 2019 the Johannesburg-born attacker captained Kaptiva in the prestigious MIC tournament where over 200 clubs/academies from all over the world gather in Spain to compete for bragging rights while scouts, coaches and football supporters watch.

The skillful South African was again named captain of the academy for the tournament where they were drawn against the likes of Real Madrid. Kaptiva got knocked out in the second round of that tournament and the 20-year-old scored 4 goals in that tournament.

In May 2020 he signed his first ever professional contract joining rising through Spanish lower division side CD Almunecar from the city of Almunecar. The club has been in the professional ranks for three years yet they have gotten promotion two times already rising from the Spanish 7th division to the Tercera division. Last month the young, dynamic and ambition club played in the promotion play offs, but had their hearts broken in the last minutes of the encounter as they conceded a late penalty to lose 1-0 against Vandalia which dealt their hopes of a hat trick of promotions a major blow.

CD Almunecar is very organised with Malaga City Academy acting as the feeder Academy for the club whose formation are based on the principles of giving equal opportunities to kids from all over the world coming from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

The community of Almunecar is an English speaking community which didn’t have a football club since the old Almunecar FC was liquidated years ago hence when the new project of CD Almunecar was started a few years ago it received great support from the locals with an average of 300 spectators attending the games in the league.

Clubs like Malaga and Granada are the closest clubs who regularly scout in that region of Spain while the Academy’s growing network of giving players better opportunities have seen some of their best players over the years go as far as Scotland to get professional contracts with clubs in the top division and Scottish Championship. The more established Spanish Tercera clubs also poach players from Almunecar and with Tercera known for being the direct route to the Spanish second and first divisions the possibilities are high for Netshitangani.

By Prince Sobayeni

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