Lack of KZN teams in tournament a missed chance

2011-04-28 00:00

FORMER Bafana Bafana striker Sibusiso “Rhee” Zuma has lamented the absence of KwaZulu-Natal-based PSL teams at the annual Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup that was held in Belhar, Cape Town from last Wednesday and was rounded off on Monday.

Only one KZN team — Sydneham Cavalliers — participated at the tournament that has produced the likes of Steven Pienaar, Benni McCarthy, Nasief Morris, Thulani Serero and Siyanda Xulu over the years.

PJ Williams, Premier Cup organiser, said that they invited all PSL teams but that there was no feedback from AmaZulu, Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows.

Speaking to The Witness, Zuma, who was appointed ambassador for the tournament, said: “It is sad not to see my home teams being part of this prestigious event. Since there’s no such tournaments happening in KZN, the youngsters have been deprived of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to test their strengths against their peers. On top of that they could have caught the eye of some scouts who have descended here.”

The former African Wanderers, Orlando Pirates, FC Copenhagen and Nordsjaelland (both in Denmark) and Arminia Bielefeld player added: “The local business people and corporate sector must come on board in helping develop players.

“I am lucky to be where I am today because in our time we didn’t have proper development structures. But through sheer luck and God-given talent, one managed to reach the top.”

Meanwhile, Komesho FC from Namibia made history by becoming the first club from outside Mzansi’s borders to win the five-day, 23-year-old tournament.

Komesho, who was led by former Santos midfielder Ricardo “Spaghetti” Manneti, beat local side ASD Cape Town 3-2 in a thrilling final before a partisan crowd who braved chilly weather.

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