Technical kit lays firm foundation

2017-09-27 06:00
At the SAB handover are Tumelo Ndaba (SAB u.21 National Championship winning coach, Gauteng Province), Nirishi Trikamjee (SAB director: corporate affairs), Willie Mooka (SAFA representative), Dennis Mumble (SAFA CEO) and Thabo Senong (Bafana Bafana assistant coach).Photo: Supplied

At the SAB handover are Tumelo Ndaba (SAB u.21 National Championship winning coach, Gauteng Province), Nirishi Trikamjee (SAB director: corporate affairs), Willie Mooka (SAFA representative), Dennis Mumble (SAFA CEO) and Thabo Senong (Bafana Bafana assistant coach).Photo: Supplied

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The official ceremonial handover of the technical training kit for the SAB League for the 2017-’18 football season was kickstarted in Gauteng on Saturday, 16 September, at the SAB World of Beer in Newtown.

This is expected to be the first of several handovers set to be conducted during a national roadshow by SAB and the South African Football Association (Safa).

The aim of the roadshow is to magnify the fundamentals and importance of training at grassroots level in local football throughout September and October.

The technical kits, which consist of soccer balls, training cones, whistles and stopwatches, are to assist SAB League teams across the country in their preparations ahead of the next season.

The SAB League, which has been running for the past 17 years, aims to provide a platform for the identification of the country’s finest grassroots football talent.

Kalashni Narainsamy, SAB Better World Project manager, explained that the handover was an indication of SAB’s efforts to provide lower league teams with equipment similar to that of the premier league teams.

“One should never under­estimate the importance of training equipment in that it truly forms an important part of the foundations of grassroots development,” said Narainsamy.

Neil Tovey, Safa technical director, encouraged similar programmes, as he believed these were essential for growth at lower levels to take place.

“Lack of knowledge and equipment in football can negatively influence the development of the sport,” Tovey highlighted.

“One of the SAB League’s core and key objectives, as Safa’s largest football development league in the country, is to identify and nurture talented athletes at grassroots level and to provide them with an opportunity to fully grow and move through the various ranks of football in South Africa,” read a statement from M-Sports Marketing.

“This can only be accomplished if the importance of the basics is mastered from training.”

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