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411 on the Sbonis’iDiski campaign final

 

Shield is more than just an antiperspirant; we’re a brand that cares about South Africa’s youth. The Shield Sbonis’iDiski football development programme, aimed at discovering South Africa's talented young soccer stars, was implemented by Shield three years ago to uplift and empower the next football generation.

 

The programme has grown tremendously, receiving over 11 000 entries to date as skilled hopefuls take their chance at a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with the Chelsea Football Club and sign a professional contract with the Orlando Pirates MDC team. We have a continued partnership with Chelsea FC and Orlando Pirates FC, but this year we also partnered with Manchester City and LaLiga to provide as much exposure and opportunities as possible for aspiring football stars.

 

The Sbonis’idiski finals were held at the TUKS High-Performance Centre in Pretoria from the 29th to the 31st of July after several months of searching for the best players in the country. The search was narrowed down to 25 young players from across South Africa; the players were selected by the Shield Team which consists of Shield’s Head Coach, Dumisani Thusi. Shield’s Regional Coaches and the Orlando Pirates Coaches.

 

After several months of searching for the best players, the program for this year culminated in Finals Week which was held at the TUKS High-Performance Centre in Pretoria from the 29th to the 31st of July.

 

In order to judge the Top 25 finalists and select a winner, the Shield Sbonis’iDiski team were put through multiple challenges throughout the week to analyse their technical abilities and mental strength. One of their challenges was having to battle it out in a gruelling match against the Orlando Pirates MDC team.

 

According to the Head Coach of the programme Dumisani Thusi, a player’s mental strength is an essential aspect that they didn’t overlook because if you play for a club like Orlando Pirates, you need to be strong on and off the field. However, this year things were done a little bit differently. For the first time, instead of choosing one winner for the competition, three lucky people were selected. The winners were Amogelang Matebesi from Northern Cape, Cassius Spandiel from Northern Cape and Thandanani Tshabalala from Free State.

 

The Shield Sbonis’idiski campaign provides an excellent chance for young players to turn their dreams into reality. To get a glimpse of what went down, watch Episode 7 of the Sbonis’iDiski 2019 finale.