21 July 2017 – For many players, the upcoming SAB U21 National Champions has been a perfect launch pad of successful football careers, giving more credence to this year’s edition that will be held at the NIKE Football Centre in Soweto next week.
The tournament, which will be defended by USSA Football, will start on Tuesday, running for the whole week until next Sunday. Nine of the country’s provinces will put together the cream of the crop in terms of talent, with the majestic trophy one of the biggest things to be battled for.
Having been there early on in his career, SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane is excited that promising players will get what could be a life changing opportunity to impress at the tournament.
After all, Letsholonyane, who has played for Jomo Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs and now Matsantsantsa a Pitori, is one of the many graduates of the SAB U21 Championships to as far as playing in the PSL, winning the local league and representing the national team Bafana Bafana.
Letsholonyane went a step further, representing South Africa in football’s ultimate tournament, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, proving beyond any shadow of doubt that the development played by SAB at grass-roots level is a huge one.
“This is the first place where you get to experience real competitive football at a professional set up. It helps with patience as well. You learn a lot there and you push yourself to go to the highest level,” the former Bafana Bafana player said.
Letsholonyane has been playing well in the heart of SuperSport midfield alongside the exciting Teboho Mokoena, who is also a product of the SAB tournament, having captained his province Free State to glory back in the 2015 edition in Soshanguve.