Morne Nel

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Morne Nel
Personal information
Full name Morne Peter Nel[1]
Date of birth (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajax Cape Town
Number 6
Youth career
0000–2013 Old Mutual Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– SuperSport United 31 (0)
2017–Ajax Cape Town 0 (0)
National team
2012 South Africa U-17 1 (1)
2012–2015 South Africa U-20 4 (0)
2015 South Africa U-23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 December 2017

Morne Peter Nel (born 23 May 1996) is a South African footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ajax Cape Town on loan from SuperSport United in the Premier Soccer League.

Club career[edit]

Old Mutual Academy[edit]

Nel played his youth football at Old Mutual Academy in Cape Town, and captained the team.[2]

SuperSport United[edit]

Nel joined SuperSport United in May 2013, after attracting interest also from Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns.[3] He impressed and assisted the second goal in SuperSport United's 2–0 win in a pre-season friendly against Manchester City.[4]

In September 2013, along with Denwin Farmer, Zama Rambuwane and Kabelo Seriba, Nel trained in England with Tottenham Hotspur Youth.[5] He impressed in training and was selected to play for Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly against Ipswich Town.[6]

In November 2013, Nel made his league debut in a match against Lamontville Golden Arrows.[7]

In January 2015, there were negotiations regarding Nel transferring to Tottenham Hotspur after impressing at another trial,[8] but in the end he stayed with SuperSport.[9]

In June 2015, SuperSport United signed Nel on a two-year extension.[10]

At the end of November 2015, Nel trialled with Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães.[11][12]

Loan to Ajax Cape Town[edit]

In August 2017, Nel joined Ajax Cape Town on a one-year loan, with an option for a permanent move.[13]

International career[edit]

Nel played for the South Africa U17 squad in the 2013 African U-17 Championship qualifiers scoring a goal in the first leg against Ghana.[14]

In November 2012, Nel was called up to the South Africa U20 squad for the 2012 Zone VI Games.[15] After a year, when he was unavailable due to club commitments, Nel re-joined the South Africa U20 squad for the 2015 African Youth Championship qualifiers in August 2014[16] and played in both legs against Cameroon.[17][18] He was called up as part of the final 21-man squad for the tournament in March 2015,[19] but was not released by his club to take part in the training camp.[20] In the group stage he played two matches against Ghana[21] and Mali[22] and was an unused substitute against Zambia.[23]

In September 2015, Nel was called up to the South Africa U23s ahead of a double-header against Tunisia,[24][25] playing in the second match.[26][27]

Nel was selected in the senior team preliminary squad for the 2016 CHAN qualifier against Angola on 17 October 2015,[28] but was not picked for the match-day squad.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile – Morne Peter Nel". Premier Soccer League. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Hintsa, Damon (28 March 2013). "Match Report Game 20: Segra Academy vs Old Mutual Academy". Metropolitan Premier Cup. 
  3. ^ "Nel's SuperSport Deal Confirmed". Soccer Laduma. 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Oguntuyi, Akinbode (14 July 2013). "SuperSport United shock Man City". Futaa. 
  5. ^ Crann, Joe (4 September 2013). "Nel & Three Others Jet Off To Spurs". Soccer Laduma. 
  6. ^ Crann, Joe (12 September 2013). "Nel Turns Out For Spurs". Soccer Laduma. 
  7. ^ "SuperSport United's Morne Nel still on trial with Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal". Kick Off. 10 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Doda, Zola (22 January 2015). "Morne Nel on the verge of Tottenham Hotspur move". Kick Off. 
  9. ^ Crann, Joe (22 January 2015). "SuperSport: Spurs Like Nel, No Offer Made". Soccer Laduma. 
  10. ^ "New Deal For Nel at SSU". Soccer Laduma. 10 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Crann, Joe (22 November 2015). "SuperSport Teen Heads To Portugal". Soccer Laduma. 
  12. ^ Crann, Joe (10 December 2015). "Guimaraes Extend Nel's Portuguese Spell". Soccer Laduma. 
  13. ^ Said, Nick (21 August 2017). "Ajax Cape Town sign SuperSport United youngster Morne Nel on loan". The Times. 
  14. ^ "SA U17 lose to Ghana". Premier Soccer League. 18 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Team South Africa named for Zone VI Games in Zambia". SASCOC. 14 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nel Back For Amajita". Soccer Laduma. 16 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "10-Man Amajita Salvage A Draw Against Cameroon". Soccer Laduma. 16 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Lakay Brace Qualifies Amajita For AYC". Soccer Laduma. 31 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Greig, Neil (24 February 2015). "Amajita name squad for AYC 2015". African Football. 
  20. ^ Fakude, Ernest (26 February 2015). "Gordon Igesund won't release Morne Nel for Amajita duty just yet". Kick Off. 
  21. ^ "Orange Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Senegal 2015, Ghana 2 – 0 South Africa". CAF. 9 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Orange Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Senegal 2015, South Africa 1 – 2 Mali". CAF. 12 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Orange Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Senegal 2015, South Africa 5 – 2 Zambia". CAF. 15 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Amaglug-glug set for Tunisia double-header". The Citizen. 1 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "Morne Nel: Furman signing won't halt my development at SuperSport United". Goal.com. 2 September 2015. 
  26. ^ Makhaya, Ernest (5 September 2015). "Tunisia U23 0–4 South Africa U23: Da Gama's charges cruise to victory in Tunis". Goal.com. 
  27. ^ Makhaya, Ernest (7 September 2015). "Tunisia U23 2–1 South Africa U23: Dolly on target as Amaglug-glug go down to Tunisia". Goal.com. 
  28. ^ Gleeson, Mark (12 October 2015). "Bafana Bafana assemble mangy looking mix of players for Angola match". The Times. 
  29. ^ "Thabo Senong names his starting 11 for Chan match against Angola". Kick Off. 17 October 2015.