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. Check out some of our success stories on this page.


All of the award winners of the 2023 Young Bafana prize giving

2023 Young Bafana Prize Giving

Young Bafana Soccer Academy once again brought the spirit of celebration to the YB Arena with its much-anticipated Annual Prize Giving Ceremony on the 11th of November. This vibrant event marked a special occasion to recognise and honour the achievements of the young talents who have dedicated themselves to the world of soccer.

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Themba Baka exceeding expectations at Young Bafana

Themba’s journey of growth at YB

Meet Themba Baka. A boy from the Lwandle township who joined Young Bafana 8 years ago as a little boy – not old enough to play and struggling with schoolwork. Today he is a promising young athlete and student enjoying success on and off the football pitch thanks to the help of Young Bafana.

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Young Bafana strives towards reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

YB striving for sustainability and equality

Discover how Young Bafana Soccer Academy, nestled in South Africa, is passionately embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to drive sustainability and equality. By focusing primarily on the first five SDGs—ranging from eradicating poverty and hunger to promoting gender equality and quality education—Young Bafana empowers young athletes while actively engaging with their community.

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An intern from Germany in a team huddle with the Young Bafana players in South Africa

Job Vacancy: Internship in Event Marketing at Young Bafana

Are you passionate about sports and soccer with a heart for community upliftment? Then this internship is for you. Young Bafana is in need of an event marketing intern from December 2023 to March 2024. The internship will take place at Young Bafana in Strand, South Africa. Apply now for the experience of a lifetime at one of South Africa’s best soccer academies.

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Young Bafana Soccer Academy senior team celebrating their victory in the ABC League on top of a truck.


On the 29. April, we as Young Bafana Soccer Academy wrote History. We made a sensational impact in their inaugural season by clinching the ABC Motsepe League of Western Cape title. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team, as well as the strategic guidance provided by their exceptional coach, Ashraf Calvert.

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Logos of the Young Bafana Soccer Academy and related clubs on an image of a coach advising his kids team.


Young Bafana has entered into a partnership with Core sports capital (CSC), a Swiss based company, which owns and manages soccer clubs with a high growth potential with the aim of delivering long-term sporting and economic success. This partnership will create a pathway to Europe for young South African players.

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Julia Simic smiling and waving at the YB Arena.


After three years of planning, Young Bafana finally put the local Girls Football in the spotlight by presenting a three day girls camp at their Headquarters in Broadlands Strand. The highlight and face of the camp was none less than Julia Simic.

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A Young Bafana player wearing a blue hat and looking to the side.


It is important to highlight our players here at YB who excel beyond the pitch. Hlonela Sitenge – better known as “Prof” – is just one example of our exceptional players. Outside of the pitch, Prof is known for his excellent academic marks. At 17 years old and playing for YB’s U18 squad, he is exceptional on and off of the pitch.

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Announcement of Young Bafana joining the ABC Motsepe League in text form.


Young Bafana is excited to announce our acceptance into the renowned ABC Motsepe League for the 2022-2023 season. During the years of dreaming up YB’s growth in the Helderberg area, having one of our own professional teams has always been a goal. Finally, the day has come and we are so thankful for this opportunity to grow not only Young Bafana but the game of soccer.

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A crowd standing on stairs with a Young Bafana banner celebrating the YB Arena opening.


On the 23rd of April 2022 we reached the next big milestone: We officially celebrated the YB Arena Opening. It is the perfect facility for the development of our kids, in terms of soccer and education. Read more about the YB Arena Opening Event in this blog post.

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Former Young Bafana player Keino standing on a soccer pitch in South Africa with a football in his hands.


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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