Years after he hung up his boots, former Orlando Pirates star Sam Pam is ploughing back to the community and unearthing up-and-coming talent.
Pam is known for his exploits with Bucs in the 90s, having been signed from Nigeria. He also had a stint with Ajax Cape Town during the club's formative years and, while many thought he had gone back to his home country after his playing days were over, the former midfielder has in fact been around in Johannesburg, carving out a coaching career for himself.
He told the Siya crew, “I’m a coach at Legal Wise Hope Academy in Dobsonville – we are using the space with Sizwile School for the Deaf. So they gave us a portion where we have our containers and run the programme close to the soccer field.
Normally what we do is that we have a programme that we roll out for these kids every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We have life skills with them, we do education with them, like their homework and subjects where they are struggling.”
“We just try and help them to get in line. Believe me, for the past four years, we have seen a difference in the lives of these youngsters because some of them were pioneer members of the Hope academy when they came here.
Some of them were nine years old and some are now 13 and 14, which is the highest age group. So you can imagine, growing with them, we have seen a tangible difference in their lives, educationally and in their football,” he concluded.