EXPOSURE FOR YOUNG TALENT
By: Lucky Khanyile
The Premiere Soccer League (PSL) together with Multichoice aims to nurture young talent of South African footballers.
The Multichoice Diski challenge for the under 19’s was launched for the first time in KwaZulu-Natal at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The Diski challenge will commence at King Zwelithini Stadium on 13 September, with Amazulu and Orlando Pirates slated to kick things off. The chairman of the PSL, Irvin Khoza, emphasized the significance of the tournament.
“The football development in this country is a big challenge, in terms of the quality of the players produced. It shows that something is missing. We at the PSL have reacted with this Multichoice challenge to be the solution to the lack of game time for our players,” he said.
The chairman revealed that CAF wants every team to have academies and two developmental teams that will produce players for their respective teams.
“We have realised the issues of strategic and financial planning within the teams so we came up with a programme to deal with the development and management of the teams,” said Khoza.
The tournament is set to close the gap between amateur and professional players because there is not a platform that assists players that are reserves to make it to the first team. This tournament according to Khoza will not surpass the National First Division as it is strictly for providing game time and growing players to compete in topflight football.
The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation in the province, Ntombikayise Sibhidla- Saphetha was in attendance and passed on her gratitude to the PSL for bringing this tournament to KZN.
“What excites us most is that this initiative is not only about developing players on the field but it’s a development that will help our players develop holistically. This initiative will ensure that our footballers live a better life football,” she said.
The fans were urged to come in large numbers to support the event and the youngsters.