kaela continues tradition of developing talent for district and provincial teams
The end of season offered many of the boys who play for the club an opportunity to sit back and relax from football after a rigorous 2015 season. This though, was not the case for Andoni “ Cheeseboy” Lazarides, who spent the summer of October 2015 hard at training preparing for the Volks Wagen Masters tournament. The tournament was held at Marks Park, home to Bidvets Wits academy from the12-14 December 2015.
The holding midfielder ran tirelessly for the Autohaus Centurion group winning a man of the match award against a VW Bryanston team. Antoni said “ even though we did not win the tournament, the experience of playing against other VW districts in the province and also sleeping at the hotel is an experience I will never forget”. The team ended 8th overall and where nominated for the fair play award in the tournament.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Claudio Antoniozzi and Sikha Nkosi. These boys were chosen to represent their province (Northern Gauteng). They participated in the interprovincial tournament known as the Bill Stewart tournament, which was held at St David’s College in Johannesburg, over the winter school break. Sikanyiso made the 1st team known as Northerns and Claudio made the second team referred to as Pretoria.. You have made us proud.
We would also like to congratulate the following players for making the Football Association of Pretoria (FAP) inter-district team: Lenaic and Tarek (U11) as well as Jason and Maticky (U17). Well done lads.
26 Young soccer stars in the making, ranging from age 13 – 17 years of age, travelled to Mafikeng on the 11-13 of July to participate in an invitational tournament. The tournament is aimed at promoting development at the U16 and U19 levels respectively. It also played host to top local teams. The International school of South Africa (ISSA) were represented by their U16 team and their 1st team. “The Peacemakers” and “Joys Academy” also featured. The young men from Kaela made fantastic memories at the tournament in Mafikeng. The Kaela U16 team opened the tournament account, losing out 2-0 to the ISSA 1st team on Friday afternoon, the 11th of July. The game was an action packed affair, and the players from Kaela fought bravely against players 3 years their seniors. The U17s, who played simultaneously, managed an impressive win, 3-1 against ISSA’s U16 team. The next morning dawned and looked hopeful as the U17s beat the ISSA 1st team 5-3 after a nail-biting penalty shootout. The match had ended in a 1-1 draw during normal regulation time. The U16s drew 2-2 with ISSA’s U16s in their match on Saturday morning. The afternoon matches proved to be smooth sailing, as the Kaela boys coolly concluded the day with a win over peacemakers and Joy Academy respectively. On Sunday morning the players faced a tougher Peacemakers side, the U19’s, to round off the invitational tournament. The boys lost 3-1 to the Peacemakers, who had travelled from the surrounding township to compete against Kaela Club.
When Tshepiso Mahlangu started out at Kaela football club, he could only have dreamed of his eventual success. He began playing at the club in January of 2012 as a thirteen year old, playing for the football association of Pretoria (FAP) district team where his team missed out narrowly in an inter-district tournament in the final, and developed significantly in his centre midfield role for the club. Under the guidance of a committed coach, a supportive team and a positive environment, Tshepi as he is affectionately known by his Kaela teammates, grew in fitness and strength. Fitness tests revealed Tshepi’s impressive improvements scoring highly on the well-known “beep” and “multi-stage” fitness tests.
Tshepi’s was noticed on many occasions by important people. Sundowns showed their interest in the young midfielder in 2012 in the district tournament but he couldn’t make it past the second round of assessments. Encouraged by this, Kaela backed their player to go even further. During a FAP league encounter, Tshepi impressed again. Playing against Glenweigans, Tshepi evidently stood out to Ricardo Katza (Supersport’s development coach) who later enquired about the young talent. Tshepi then went on to join the Supersport squad in their pre-season trainings and preparations. Supersport academy, interested and excited by the new talent, acquired the young man. Tshepi learnt and grew a great deal during his time with Kaela FC (over a year) and has subsequently played in the future champs tournament for Supersport football club, representing them at the U15 and U17 levels.
Tshepi now plays for Amajimbos, the junior national U17 team. In a recent tour, Tshepi helped his team to secure 2-0 and 1-0 clean-sheet victories over Botswana and Lesotho respectively, playing as a defender. Tshepi represented Amajimbos in Dar es Salaam – the Tanzanian capital – at the U17 African Championship qualifiers. Tshepi’s development into a rock-solid central defender has excited Kaela and the country; we look forward to seeing him representing Bafana Bafana in the future.
Tshepi’s story is a testament to the coaches and atmosphere prized at Kaela FC and the importance of development in the country as a whole. Kaela has served and will continue to serve soccer players and people as long as there is need. We congratulate Tshepiso and wish him well in his continued development into a wonderful soccer player and young man.