Nani off to Stamford Bridge
The third edition of the Shield Sbonis’iDiski campaign saw the competition grow from around 700 participants last year to over 11 000 entries this time around, leaving the coaches with the unenviable task of selecting a winner. The partnership with Orlando Pirates FC is a sustainable commitment from the Shield Sbonis’iDiski campaign, with the aim of unearthing football talent across South Africa and contributing to local, football development.
After months of gruelling travel and hours on the training ground searching for the next superstar, Shield and Pirates announced Amogelang Matebesi from the Northern Cape as the winner of the 2019 campaign, who will soon sign a potentially life-changing contract with the PSL side before joining the Buccaneers’ MDC team.
The young striker follows in the footsteps of Quade Roskruge and Ryan Adams who won the competition in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Nani, as he is affectionately known in the NC football realm, is looking forward to showcasing his talents once again at Chelsea FC, England where he will spend a week training at the Premier League Chelsea’s famed Cobham training ground.
The soft spoken player couldn’t contain his excitement as he expressed how it felt to be afforded this opportunity, “Being able to train at a big club like Chelsea is what every footballer dreams of doing,” he expressed, adding that he is well aware that he will be just a distance away from superstars like N’golo Kante, “Knowing that world class players are training on pitches near you is a great feeling”.
The England club is also regarded as one of the foremost pioneering teams in development, so the striker might be in for a surprise should the right scouts see him train. Amogelang, who helped his team NCPro get to the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup was also nominated at the recently held John Taolo Gaetsewe Sport Awards. Runner-up, Cassius Spandelel is another Northern Cape player who will be joining Amogelang to play and train overseas.