Former SuperSport United player joins NWU Soccer Institute
Former SuperSport United FC player, Daylon Appolis, has recently joined the NWU Soccer Institute. Daylon has been part of the SuperSport United Academy based in Ladium since the age of 12.
He was promoted to the SuperSport United FC first team at the age of 19. After a knee injury put him out of football activity for nine months, he was loaned to Bidvest Wits FC where he made his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut under the tutelage of coach Roger de Sa.
While at Bidvest Wits FC, he played games against PSL giants like Kaizer Chiefs FC, Mamelodi Sundowns FC, Santos FC and Jomo Cosmos FC. He was then loaned to a National First Division outfit FC Cape Town where he spent two seasons under the leadership of coach Duncan Lechesa.
A second knee injury in 2014 kept him out for two seasons – only to surface again at the Tshwane University of Technology last year.
This left winger got a national under-20 call-up in 2011, where he participated in the 8 Nations Cup. In this tournament he had the opportunity to play against Brazil’s national under-20 team.
Daylon is studying towards a BCom Transport Economics degree and hails from Johannesburg.
When asked about his decision to join the Soccer Institute, Daylon said: “I’ve noticed that football is a short career, and it’s always good to have an educational career to fall back on if the football career doesn’t work out.”
He added that he is excited about the opportunity the Soccer Institute presents to players: “We are very fortunate to be part of this important programme. We need to put more effort in as players in the field and as students in the classroom.”
Daylon’s brother Darlton Appolis is also an alumnus of the Soccer Institute programme and now works for the South African Reserve Bank.