“Dream team” set for European tour

By Sizakelep Nkosi

Dream Team's Day 3 at camp before Black Leopards game
Dream Team’s Day 3 at camp before Black Leopards game

The non-profit organisation is responsible for securing contracts for Banyana Banyana duo Disebo Mametja and Amanda Sister to play in Hungary.

The “dream team” camp opened in Limpopo province within the past week and the idea is to give the selected players opportunity to prepare for their European tour.

This Organization is on a mission to expose South African female footballers to European clubs, hence they are embarking on a European tour, in December 2015 and January 2016.

LadiesMarch via its South African Correspondent Sizakelep Nkosi had an exclusive chat with the brain behind this ground-breaking project. He is the CEO of Faranani Sports Holdings and also supporters coordinator at the Vaal University of Technology.

Introducing: TSHEPO MAKANANISE on his “dream team” touring Europe.

KEY- Sizakelep Nkosi for ‘SN’, TSHEPO MAKANANISE for ‘TM’

SN: Tell us about the first camp and the number of players available?
TM: The first camp was from 4 to 10 October. We called 17 players but now, at camp we have 14 players. Some players are out injured, Asa and Linda at the u20 camp and Vuyo- left camp early because she had to prepare to take a test.

SN: So, you have 14 players in camp. How many are you taking on your European tour?
TM: When we open the second camp, we will be calling up more players. We have allocated 20 tickets for players.

SN: And when is that exactly?
TM: The second camp is after the varsity players have finished writing their exams and also after the University Sport South Africa Association (USSA), which the football tournament will happen from 30 November to 4 December.

SN: What’s the sole purpose?
TM: The camp was about bringing in different players from different clubs that i admired, preparing them mentally for Europe. And, also giving financial advise when they get contracts in Europe.

Day 3 coaching clinic at Madombidzha village
Day 3 coaching clinic at Madombidzha village

SN: Did the team play friendly games whilst camping in Limpopo?
TM: Yeah, just to look at where they are at with their fitness. We played games against Black Leopards legends (men’s team) lost 2-0 and the second game- there was a squad which was made in Venda (Limpopo) consisting of all SASOL teams from Venda. And we won 5-2.

SN: Are there going to be friendly games embarked upon in Europe?
TM: Yes, we have lined-up friendlies and trials in Hungry, Austria and Czech Republic. Let me tell you, there are three players and they will be to be playing in France (division 1).

SN: And who are those players and which team or teams?
TM: No trials needed in France. A goalkeeper, defender and a midfielder. I can’t tell you the players but the team is Nimes Metropole Gard. Also a friendly with a team from Czech Republic by the name of Slavia Praha Zeny.

SN: Are you taking the same coaches that were at camp ?
TM: Yes, Tebogo Mokae and Sello Mokoena. I want the same coaches that were at camp to be there. So, that they can give advise.

SN: Why is it so easy for you to talk to European clubs?
TM: It’s easy to talk with European clubs; they have an open communication system there. As long you speak sense- then they will listen to you. Unlike our clubs in the PSL (South African premier league clubs).

SN: You have selected current women’s Varsity Cup football champions Tshwane University of Technology. Why do you think the TUT players haven’t made it into the national team (Banyana Banyana) ?
TM: I don’t know! Maybe, the coach (Vera Pauw) thinks they are not skilful players.

SN: So if their skills are lacking, why then have you selected them to your camp ?
TM: They are not the most skilful players but they are hard-workers. They grind for a win.

SN: Still Sticking with the Banyana Banyana, why haven’t most of them secured contracts overseas?
TM: I think… Some players might be selective with the leagues they want to play in overseas.

SN: Let’s talk about a young player by the name of Linda Motlhalo. Any reason for her inclusion?
TM: She is a South Africa U20 international player and she’s a great talent thus that talent needs to be nurtured properly. But she couldn’t come and join this camp. Currently, the u20 are preparing for their world cup qualifiers.

SN: She was called up to the Banyana Banyana camp. How was she received?
TM: She told me “she was nervous”. But she enjoyed it.

SN: Expatiate on your reason for including her to the squad ?
TM: She’s actually the youngest player we have selected for this camp. It’s not that we want her to get a contract overseas. We just want her to play with professional clubs there and gain experience.

SN: She played over the weekend and scored a brace. Where do you think Linda’s confidence stems from?
TM: Unfortunately, I didn’t see the game. We were on our way from camp, going home. I can not claim its people from outside who are helping her with her confidence. But Credit to the coaches that are helping her with her confidence.

* On Sunday Tshepo Makananise wrote on facebook: I can Safely promise with my Uncle’s grave that 70% of Dream Team Players will Not Be coming Back to RSA Next Year January…. 10 of the 20 Player might not even have to attend trials but they will go with the Team to Europe to go help the Other 10 to also get few teams

Goalkeepers
Asa Rabalao (NWU) Morole Thete (Kanatla) Nkosingimpile Zungu (DUT)

Defenders
Jienet Mohale ( TUT-PTA) , Poplar Sekete (NWU VAAL), Vuyo Mkhabele (UWC), Koketso Tlailane (TUT-PTA), Phathutshedzo Makhado (TUT-PTA), Phumudzo Thanyani (Ma-Indies)

Midfielders
Holofelang Manyama (NWU VAAL), Puleng Tilo (NWU VAAL), Lebogang Rakhuduwe (TUT-PTA) Maitemogolo Makola (Univ of Lim) Linda Motlhalo (HPC), Bontle Chabaesele (TUT-PTA)

Strikers
Sethunya Leah (M. Sundowns), Kgaelebale Mohlakoana (Bloem Celtics)

The group will be mentored by Coach Sello Mokoena and Tebogo Mokae respectively during both camps.

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