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SINENZUZU'S PREPARATIONS FOR THE DANONE WORLD CUP TAKING SHAPE

 
WITH the Danone Nations Cup World Finals drawing near, South African champions Sinenzuzu Primary are currently in the process of preparing their U12 squad for the prestigious tournament. Placed in a rural and poverty stricken village of KwaZulu-Natal, the school defied all odds to win the Danone Nations Cup National tournament earlier this year defeating all other provinces and securing their spot in representing South Africa for the Danone Nations Cup World Finals.
 
Founded in 1999, in Zibuse Village Hammansdale, Sinenzuzu Primary School is situated between Maritzburg and Durban. The school does not have its own sporting facilities and the winning team from Sinenzuzu had to make do with the practice opportunities it was afforded at the Phezulu High School 5km away.
 
The village is divided into four phases and this is the only school in the area. With only 15 classrooms to share among 961 learners they are still faced with the challenge of turning down numerous applications due to the limited space available.
 
The boys from Sinenzuzu Primary are excited at the opportunity to put the school on the map and can’t wait to compete in the 2010 Danone Nations Cup World Finals to be played between September 29 and October 3rd 2010. The final day will see children, aged between 10 and 12 years from 40 countries around the world, competing at the newly renovated Orlando Stadium.
 
Zinedine Zidane, three-time FIFA world player of the year, and official ambassador to the event will be there to encourage the South African schoolboys and their competitors from around the globe. South Africa has won the Danone Nations Cup international trophy twice previously and this time, with home support on their side, Sinenzuzu Primary of KwaZulu-Natal hope to make it a historic third win!

The members of the Sinenzuzu Primary u/12 team that will be representing South Africa at the Danone Nations Cup World Finals, are:
 
Sanele Mkhize, midfielder and team captain
Best qualities: good leadership skills, good pace, eye for goal
Started playing age: 4
 
Ntando Nxumalo, midfielder
Best qualities: good at distributing the ball, good pace, eye for goal
Started playing age: 6
 
Lizwilenkosi Nala, defender
Best qualities: good at distributing the ball and at free kicks
Started playing age: 10
 
Njabulo Gumede, goalkeeper
Best qualities: ball skills and pace
Started playing age: 7
 
Phindokuhle Shange, defender
Best qualities: can read the game well, disciplined player, not scared of going forward
Started playing age: 9
 
Khayelihle Dladla, striker
Best qualities: good composure and good finisher, with pace
Started playing age: 7
 
Nkosikhona Gabela, midfielder
Best qualities:  good strategic thinker in the pitch, good pace, excellent ball-control
Started playing age: 7
 
Nkosingiphile Mkhize, striker
Best qualities: confident with the ball, clever runs, good finisher; although short, he can fight with defenders and is very strong.
Started playing age: 7
 
Sihle Mabhadi, midfielder
Best qualities: crosses very well, disciplined player, only player in team to use both feet
Started playing age: 8
 
Thabiso Selepe, defender
Best qualities: knows how to tackle well, well at winning the ball from the opponent
Started playing age: 10
 
Kuali Mpaendulo, defender
Best qualities: good at tackling and great when comes to pace
Started playing age: 4
 
Khethukuthula Ngcobo, defender
Best qualities: ball skills, persistence, and ability to adapt quickly
Started playing age: 10

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