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South African trailblazer set to arrive for GWS


After many years of development in South Africa, Australian football there has produced its first international scholarship player, Bayanda Sobetwa, and today he is due to touch down in Sydney. Sobetwa, from Khayelitsha Township (south east of Cape Town), will play with Greater Western Sydney in Victoria's TAC Cup Under 18 competition (given dispensation since he is 19). GWS will be the 18th AFL club, entering the big time in 2012, one year after the Gold Coast.

As part of his scholarship with Team GWS, Sobetwa will also undertake an AFL SportsReady Traineeship which will combine study and work in multicultural development in Western Sydney.

Team GWS High Performance Manager Alan McConnell and some of Bayanda Sobetwa's new team-mates are expected to meet him at the airport to welcome the South African to Australia.

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South African trailblazer set to arrive for GWS
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Friday, April 23 2010 @ 01:33 pm ACST

Bayanda is named in the forward pocket for GWS this Sunday against North Ballarat Rebels in Ballarat. Ballarat could turn on some traditional chilly weather for him.

Someone suggested this week that the country rounds of the IC next year be played in Ballarat, if you though Warrnambool was cold and wet you aint' seen nothin'.

South African trailblazer set to arrive for GWS
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, April 23 2010 @ 04:50 pm ACST

More on Bayanda's story here:


and here:



"Bayanda has very good skills but doesn't come with a significant football background, so he's still developing an understanding of the game,'' McConnell said.

"He played centre forward for his team back home but being six feet tall [183 centimetres], he's not big enough".

"We'll make him feel comfortable and settle him into another position.''

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN