PORT Elizabeth youngster Thamsanqa Gwabeni has been selected for the Castle Superstar talent scout football squad.
The Motherwell-based defender, 20, who plays for Nelson Mandela Bay SAB regional league side Lion City, is very excited to be part of the squad that will undergo training supervised by South African soccer legends Philemon Masinga and Neil Tovey as well as four other top coaches.
This follows almost 11 months of extensive scouting that saw Tovey and Masinga working with some of the country’s most respected scouts to unearth football talent from the SAB regional league across all nine provinces.
“After we were chosen in Port Elizabeth to represent the Eastern Cape, we travelled to Cape Town to join players who were selected from other provinces,” Gwabeni said.
“Last month, a team of 45 players was chosen for a training camp in Gauteng and then after three days of training and trials, a final team of the top 23 players was announced.”
He could not believe it when he heard his name called out to join the team.
“I was nervous at first and at the same time I was happy to get a chance to represent my province and also to showcase my talent to the rest of the country.”
Gwabeni started playing football as a nine-year-old on the dusty grounds of Motherwell.
His aim is to play overseas but his short-term goal is to play for a National First Division or Premier Soccer League team and gain more experience.