A TALENTED young football star from Kenton-on-Sea, Liyabona
Hoyi, jetted off to Johannesburg
on Sunday where his talent will be nurtured by the SAFA/Transnet School of
The thirteen-year-old from Ekuphumleni township was selected
in talent identification trials held by the school in the Cacadu region last
He then went to a final selection held in Johannesburg where he spent four days at the
school and impressed Khabo Zondo, the head coach at the school.
CONGRATULATIONS AND FAREWELL: Liyabona Hoyi (right) from Ekuphumleni received
SAFA regional president Mziwanele Wopa said when legendary
coach Clive Barker attended the annual Build It U13 tournament in Kenton last
year, Liyabona was the first player to be selected into a team Barker put
“He started playing in our U13 team at the age of eleven,”
“Liya is a very skillful player who likes a big stage and
playing with those older than him more than those of his chronological age.”
As well as developing his football skills, the SAFA/Transnet
School of Excellence will also provide Liyabona with a high school education.
“I do not doubt by 2017 we will be having a professional
player in this boy,” an excited Wopa said.
“This is an indication that Cacadu region has abundance of
football talent as this young lad [follows] in the footsteps of Khayalethu
Ngangqu who played professionally for Bay United, Thamsanqa Teyise and
Mzuvukile Tom – our only current PSL players,” said Wopa.