Yohane’s hot shots kick off in Soweto

Charles Yohane’s Bidvest Wits are hot favourites to win the annual Nike Manchester United Under-15 Premier Cup, which kicks-off in Soweto this weekend.


The former Zimbabwean international’s charges have, in the past three seasons, cruelly lost in the finals to reigning champions Orlando Pirates, who have previously been accused of fielding over-aged players.

While critics suggest this will be Wits’ year following an impressive showing in the junior age-group tournaments, team coach Yohane remained modest about his team’s chances in the 16-team tournament scheduled for the Nike Centre.

“This year we are bringing in a young team, our under 14s. We are just preparing them for next year, so we are not looking to win but just for them to enjoy and feel what the tournament is all about”. “However, next year, we will be ready to compete and go all the way,” the ex-Zimbabwe left back told The Zimbabwean. The winner of the South African finals, who will be crowned Sunday, will qualify for the global finals of the Nike Manchester United Premier Cup scheduled for August. The finals of the tournament, hailed as the most competitive Under-15 tournament in the world, will be played at the famous Old Trafford, home of the English premiership club.

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