MULTICHOICE DISKI CHALLENGE OFFERS FOOTBALL TRANSFORMATION
By: Bhekumndeni Kunene
The Premier Soccer League is counting on the MultiChoice Diski Challenge to transform the way South African footballers approach the game from a young age.
The newly-launched Reserve League is a groundbreaking development that is aimed at transforming the way football is played in South Africa.
The league is mainly for players under the age of 19 with three players over the age of 19 allowed per team.
Speaking at the launch of the tournament, PSL Chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza said that the emphasis was on developing young players for the future.
“Development in this country is a very big problem. Precision, quality and possession are some of the biggest challenges facing our youngsters,” he said.
Khoza also emphasized the importance of teaching youngsters life skills and money management among other things.
“We will also teach young players how to manage their finances and life skills. We realized that the life of footballer is 12 years and if a player did not create his legacy during that period, he will have a problem in the future. These young players get a lot of money and they waste it because they are not taught how to spend it wisely,” he added.
The PSL Chairman was full of praise for the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
“We chose KwaZulu-Natal because of their attitude, their support and also because tourism is big in this place but more importantly because people love KwaZulu-Natal. Most of the talent that you see in the PSL is from this province and the supporters never disappoint,” he said.
This development will not only help breed a new generation of footballers but I will also help players returning from injury get their match fitness back.
The tournament officially starts at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Saturday.