SA juniors make cut for Academy


The South Africa trio, and the 20 other youngsters from selected from Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal emerged as champions of the entire continent after beating an incredible number of 430 000 entrants across the seven nations to make it to the prestigious Academy.

The 23, all born in 1994, were top of the list after the selections in the respective countries in the Aspire Africa Football Dreams project.

The boys will live, study, train and develop their skills within the Academy and be provided with every possible benefit they will need to forge a life-changing career in professional football.

It took a network of 6 000 sports and development professionals, 700 fields and close to 26 000 games across the seven Nations to land the 23.

Aspire, the Academy for Sports Excellence, is based in Doha, the capital of the Gulf State of Qatar.

It’s an elite facility that aims to identify, educate and train talented athletes to compete in professional sports at the highest levels.

Aspire provides an exceptional learning environment, including full educational and recreational facilities, advanced dormitories, an amphitheatre, lecture halls, seven outdoor football training fields, and state-of-the-art weight rooms and physiotherapy.

The Academy is distinguished by a philosophy which aims to develop the whole student, providing them with full academic and sports development so that they have the widest possible range of opportunities in adult life.

Kenya - Reuben Munyao Muthini, George Otieno Ouma and Khalid Jumaan Ali Senegal - Ibrahim Diedhiou, Samba Ndiaye and Diawandou Niang Diagne Cameroon - Guy Romuald Dampo Kamga, Arabo Bakary Yerim, Arsene Vanasuis Maffo Foti, and Lionnel Batonga Chounga Nigeria - John Felagha, Jasper Chibueze Uwaegbulam, Anthony Bassey Bassey and Adamu Abdullahi Ghana - Hamza Zakari, Bernard Appiah and Adama Issah South Africa - Phakamani Ndumiso, Happy Simelela and Ntuthuko Radebe Morocco - Jaouad Aboud, Mabarek Atouif and Mehdi Mazi