Pitso hails youth sponsor and media

2010-07-30 00:00

BAFANA Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has applauded Metropolitan’s commitment to soccer development in the country.

Speaking as a special guest at a media launch on a cold Tuesday evening at Melrose Arch in Gauteng, Mosimane paid tribute to both the members of fourth estate and Metropolitan for their continued support to soccer development.

The insurance company has been main the sponsor for the popular success stories of the Bayhill Under-19 Cup, the Cosafa U20 Cup and South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) U16 tournaments.

“I have huge respect for companies like Metropolitan who take tough decisions. The company’s involvement runs parallel to my ‘Vision 2014’. It is at development tournaments where we will find our future stars, and scouts must be present there all the time,” said Mosimane.

He added: “Metropolitan’s continued involvement in youth development has borne fruit with the emergence of players who have gone on to represent Bafana Bafana and are furthering their careers in European teams.

“Here I am referring to the likes of Steven Pienaar, Benni McCarthy, Thando Mngomeni, Thulani Serero, Kurt Erasmus, and Kamogelo Mokotjo.”

A regular onlooker at youth tournaments for the past 10 years, Mosimane discovered the talents of about five players who would become key members of his former team, SuperSport United.

“Bheki Nkambule, Seuntjie Motlajwa, Rufus Mokoti and Brenden Wardle cut their teeth at such tournaments. This is where I saw Siyanda Xulu (Bafana Bafana and Sundowns defender) putting on fine performances last year,” added Mosimane.

Mosimane applauded the move to appoint former Bafana international and Orlando Pirates star Teboho Moloi as Sasfa ambassador.

“Players like Teboho and myself came through school soccer. I have always advocated roles for legends in development because they offer a lot in terms of life skills. It is encouraging to see there are efforts to revive school soccer,” he said.

The national coach hailed the role of the media in reserving space for “unglamorous development stories”.

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