Junior soccer stars off to China

Bunye Mayekiso and Njabula Hadebe with Thabo Mokuke of the Carletonville Football Academy. Anyone who is willing to assist the youngsters can contact Mokuke.

Bunye Mayekiso (13) and Njabula Hadebe (14) are both members of the Carletonville Football Academy. After taking part in trials in Potchefstroom last year, these talented players were chosen for the Jomo Cosmos u.14 team.
In addition to getting the opportunity to play with some of the best junior players in the country, they will also be leaving for an international competition that will be played in the Chinese cities of Qingdao and Shanghai from 10 July. These are places that most of their school friends can only dream about,
Their achievement has not come without a lot of hard work, however.
Bunye, who is also the head boy of Westfields Primary School, has been playing soccer for the past four years and has also been chosen for the SuperSport team.
By Monday, his biggest dream about the tour was to go and see the Great Wall of China.
Njabula, a learner of Carleton Jones High School who has been playing soccer for the past three years, was mostly looking forward to playing on better facilities than the often poorly-maintained grounds at the Carletonville Sports Centre, where Carletonville Football Academy members have to practise.
‘Sometimes, the grass is not even cut,’ he groaned.
Isaac Mbulawa of the Carletonville Football Academy is training both boys. He is the one who took them to the trials in Potchefstroom.

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