United ‘to nurture young players’

2015-07-30 06:00

LOCAL Premier Soccer League outfit Maritzburg United have taken the steps to ensure that football talent in the city does not go unnoticed by agreeing to work with Safa Msunduzi.

Club CEO Younus Kadodia and Safa Msunduzi chairperson Musa Zondi signed a memorandum of agreement at the club’s offices on Tuesday to solidify the partnership that they hope will see football in the city improve.

“Today is the start of a partnership which we believe will not only benefit Maritzburg United as a club, but citizens and potential young footballers in the city,” said Kadodia.

“I think working together, we can fine-tune a proper development plan that targets not only high school, but from primary schools right up through to high school and create a platform where we will receive players from the city coming through and signing for the professional ranks,” he said.

The club have been criticised in the past with not fielding enough local youngsters, and it was felt that this move would help in that regard.

“As much as we as a club have received strong criticism from people in the city about the lack of local youngsters, the reality is that we have not had a development academy where kids could partake in and be ready for the Premier Soccer League,” he added.

“It’s difficult to take a youngster at the age of 19 or 20 who has had no development training and expect him to compete with the likes of players from Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns.

“So, today presents the start of an opportunity that will allow us to nurture and guide young players from the city … and allow them to aspire to play for Maritzburg United,” Kadodia said.

Safa Msundusi chairperson Musa Zondi acknowledged that the agreement was important in developing football in the city.

He felt that the partnership with United would help young footballers aspire to something with the knowledge that a professional outfit was looking at them.

“We are going to make sure this is going to work, and we will support Maritzburg in every way. This is also going to help the Team of Choice come closer to the people,” he said

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