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Former Sundowns Striker Talks Football Development With Reference To Messi And Ronaldo

Former Mamelodi Sundowns Player Discusses Football Development And Compares It To The Likes Of Lionel Messi And Cristiana Ronaldo

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 20, 2017 09:30 AM

As a 2017 Copa Cola ambassador, former Mamelodi Sundowns striker, Simba Marumo, has discussed the importance of football development by comparing it to world renowned players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Marumo believes that starting early in football is imperative and thinks that the success of Messi and Ronaldo is due to the quality of the development programs they underwent during their youth. 

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“Starting early is imperative. Ball control and having a good first touch are some of the basics that are taught at this stage. International star players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do such effortlessly day in and day out is because of the quality development programmes they went through at this under-15 stage of their development careers,” Marumo said in a press release. 

The 39-year-old is eager to help and inspire the youth of today, partnering up with organisations who are keen on giving back to communities. 

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“Ever since I hung up my boots, my focus and purpose have mostly been on giving back, identifying and inspiring a new generation of star footballers to take the baton forward from former players like myself. I had so many learnings from the beautiful game and it would be selfish of me not to share that with the upcoming youngsters to realise their dreams and do better than myself,” he added.

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Master Mketule Jul 20, 2017 11:30 AM
@Mxolisingongoma Agreed
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Mxolisingongoma Jul 20, 2017 10:35 AM
@Master Mketule Thats why at some point while Chiefs and Pirates were busy hiring foreign coaches for senior coaching posts, i questioned and still questioning their logic. I remember some of those coaches would come and lament that certain SA players were not properly developed and they were not ready for first team football. The i suggested that those European and American based coaches should be brought run development academies of these teams and our local coaches be employed to coach at senior level.
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Master Mketule Jul 20, 2017 10:11 AM
The other issue is that when coming to development, European giants put systems and personnel in place and in most cases people who are coaching or managing developments are well learned and went to FIFA coaching courses. There is a huge difference in coaching and developing a young kid and a professional player. I urge ex players to take SAFA coaching courses very seriously. It needs more effort from ex players, they need to consult with other great coaches to learn from them as well. Soccer is a continuous thing and you need to always upgrade and learn tactics but entry level basics are the same. Controlling the ball, passing and shooting will always be the same.
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VUVUGP37 Jul 20, 2017 09:41 AM
It true Dibenegote our membership should come with benefits such as funeral cover if we die on duty supporting pirates.We want to also have busesome to the games.

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