Success Stories

#changinglives is more than just a motto at Young Bafana.
It's the result of hard work, discipline and faith in your abilities.

Asanda DyaniAsanda Dyani
Asanda “Zuka” Dyani

One step away from Pro Soccer

In January 2014 Young Bafana invited a handful of trialists to showcase their skills in an effort to be invited to join the academy. The demand for positions is highly competitive, every boy aged 10-18 from the nearby Lwandle township dreams of becoming a part of Young Bafana.

It is an opportunity to escape the daily grind in the township by playing matches and tournaments, in return for their efforts, they are rewarded with boots, kit, nutrition and additional academic support.

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Keino DavidsKeino Davids
Keino Davids

Keino changes to the US

Keino Davids joined Young Bafana in January 2016 as a 16 year old boy with the aspirations of becoming a professional soccer player. However, he did not expect the path to the top to be so strenuous and tough.

Fortunately at Young Bafana all children are made aware of the fact that soccer alone is not a long term solution, education is the more reliable way to create a successful future.

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Jojo, Ndondo, LennardJojo, Ndondo, Lennard
Jojo & Ndondo

Two stars in international kindergarten

Jojo and Dondo were the first two "Raising Stars" beneficiaries of Young Bafana. Dondo was adopted by his uncle in 2015 when after losing his father in a gun related firearm argument.

Their home language being Isi-Xhosa rarely exposed them to the English language which is absolutely crucial for every South African child’s future, the earlier they start the better.

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Asanda “Zuka” Dyani

One step away from Pro Soccer

In January 2014 Young Bafana invited a handful of trialists to showcase their skills in an effort to be invited to join the academy. The demand for positions is highly competitive, every boy aged 10-18 from the nearby Lwandle township dreams of becoming a part of Young Bafana.

It is an opportunity to escape the daily grind in the township by playing matches and tournaments, in return for their efforts, they are rewarded with boots, kit, nutrition and additional academic support.

However, there are limited positions in the squad as the boys cannot afford to make a financial contribution. The entire operation is self-funded and relies heavily on sponsorship.

Amongst the trialists is a 14 year old boy who goes by the name “Zuka’ short for Bazuka. The established players in the team tell their coaches that he is one of the most talented in the township. Zuka does not disappoint and soon becomes an integral part of the Young Bafana U15 team, that goes on to win the league in their first season. Not having mentioned these boys walked to training 5 days per week and had no boots for the entire year. Only for matches they were given boots to play with.

The Academy realises the potential of some of the players like Zuka however, sadly takes note of the lack of academic support they are receiving from their schools and homes. This is where the brainchild of the Founder is born.

An academic outreach programme, making it compulsory for each beneficiary to participate in extra English, Maths or individualised academic tutoring twice per week before soccer practice. The programme is a success from day one, despite the fact that the boys would rather be on the field, they realise how important a sound academic background is.

Zuka quietly continues doing his thing on the field allowing the ball and his footwork to do the talking. When asked what he wants to become he says “I want to play for Kaizer Chiefs coach”. The coach responds, “continue to work hard, when you are ready we will grant you the opportunity to play for Kaizer Chiefs”. Zuka responds with a mere “yes coach”.

Three years down the line and 4 trophies later July 2017, having played for the selected district side, senior football for Young Bafana’s partner club and scoring a heap of goals the coach decides it is time.

“Zuka are you ready to go for a trial at your favourite club”, “yes coach”. Young Bafana sends out a newsletter requesting funding in order to pay for the trip and off they go, Johannesburg bound. It did not take long, as a matter of fact after one training session coach Arthur was convinced, he wants Zuka to join Kaizer Chiefs!

Zuka is currently staying in the Kaizer Chiefs Village and playing for the Ama-Diski side. This is the reserve team for the professionals. He knows that he has a long way to go to make it to the top. However, with the guidance of his mentor and coach Bernd Steinhage as well as the team of experts at Chiefs, surely it is just a matter of time before we see him as a regular in the PSL – maybe playing in Europe one day? His success story continues.

Asanda Dyani, Kaizer Chiefs
Asanda „Zuka“ Dyani
Asanda Dyani, Spieler bei Young Bafana
Keino Davids

Keino changes to the US

Keino Davids joined Young Bafana in January 2016 as a 16 year old boy with the aspirations of becoming a professional soccer player. However, he did not expect the path to the top to be so strenuous and tough.

Fortunately at Young Bafana all children are made aware of the fact that soccer alone is not a long term solution, and that education is the more reliable way to create a successful future. Hence the willingness and hard work both staff and players put into the educational programmes offered at the academy.

After successfully winning the league and cup double in 2016, Keino became even more intrigued by the idea of turning his childhood dream to profession. His coaches continued to preach the importance of education to him and so did his mother. At this stage Keino did not know just how important his schooling would be for his future. Having successfully passed Grade 11 and improving his marks even further in Gr 12 he was turning into a holistic scholar who excels both on the field of play and at school.

It was in 2017 that the idea of combining soccer with education would be seriously considered as the next step for Keino. Together with Athletes USA Young Bafana created an online portfolio and video for USA scholarship opportunities. Two months later is seems to be only a formality before he commits to a college for a duel educational and soccer scholarship.

Keino is part of the first group of graduates to come through the Young Bafana development system, imagine what we can achieve in future!

Keino
Jojo & Ndondo

Two stars in international kindergarten

Jojo and Dondo were the first two "Raising Stars" beneficiaries of Young Bafana. Dondo was adopted by his uncle in 2015 when after losing his father in a gun related firearm argument.

Their home language being Isi-Xhosa rarely exposed them to the English language which is absolutely crucial for every South African child’s future, the earlier they start the better.

Their journey started when they were enrolled at Storksnest Kindergarten in Somerset West on full scholarships in January 2016.
Before January 2016 the boys barely spoke a word of English and were hanging around the Lwandle township every day.

Two years down the line they are well spoken and comfortable with the English language. Moreover, they conduct themselves in a positive manner and are extremely happy with the new friends they have made at Storksnest.

The school reports confirm the above mentioned facts and Young Bafana will continue to closely monitor the development of the boys.

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