It’s never easy filling the boots of a heroic dad

2011-04-23 16:01

The past provides ample proof that it’s not easy for a soccer player to ­follow in his father’s footsteps.

Bradley Grobler can attest to that.

The son of former Moroka Swallows great Les Grobler, Bradley (23), says he always has to be a perfectionist as his father is a hard-to-please mentor.

The Platinum Stars’ marksman has followed the same path as the likes of Doctor Khumalo, Teboho Moloi, Kaizer Motaung Jnr and Bamuza Sono.

All of them had to start where their accomplished fathers left off, and Grobler junior admits it hasn’t been an easy journey.

He has, however, paid tribute to his father for shaping his career and contributing positively to his success.

“He coached me from the time I started and until today he is the first to call me when he thinks I am doing something wrong,” says Grobler.

“I used to argue a lot with him but having him on my side is priceless.”

He says being the son of a former great has not put him under pressure to succeed. “The game, then and now, has changed so much that you cannot compare them. But I know that he’ll be happy for me if I get far better and go on to achieve big things.”

The youngster is Stars’ leading goalscorer this season with 10 goals, but he believes that he should have done better. “This is my fourth season in the PSL and I am a little disappointed with my contribution.

“But the good thing is that my game has improved a lot because last season I only scored seven goals.”

As one of the only few players to have come through the development ranks, Grobler believes that clubs are missing out on a golden opportunity to tap the youth market.

He says there are too many deserving young players who end up going astray because clubs do not notice them.

“I’m lucky that I came through the ranks because it is very difficult to come through such structures. I don’t think clubs take youth structures seriously and they are missing out.”

Grobler admits that local coaches did not have the luxury of investing in young players as today’s game of football is more result-oriented.

With three more games to go before the end of the 2010/11 Absa Premiership season, his aim is to help Stars reach the top by collecting all nine points.

He also hopes his scoring exploits will soon catch the eye of Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane. 

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