Veteran midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane says he is impressed with the talent he witnessed in KwaZulu-Natal over the past weekend.

The 37-year-old spent most of Saturday and Sunday watching some of the best talent in the province on show in the Engen Knockout Challenge soccer tournament, which he is an ambassador for.

The popular competition, which is in its 17th season, was undertaking leg two of 2019 having started in the Eastern Cape the previous week.

Letsholonyane was again pleased with what KwaZulu-Natal had to offer.

SuperSport United’s Teboho Mokoena and US-based Tyron Mondi are just some of the graduates from the Engen Knockout programme to have gone on to forge professional careers in football.

Letsholonyane says the platform was an excellent one for burgeoning young players to put their names in the limelight and give themselves a chance of making it all the way to the top.

Letsholonyane, however, admits that being scouted at the tournament is just the first part of what will be a difficult journey for those with dreams of becoming pro-footballers.

He says that hard work and dedication will be needed by these young players to realise their dreams. Report by Thahir Asmal