Orlando Pirates’ assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has weighed in on the importance of youth tournaments, as well as the development in South Africa.
Mokwena was in attendance at the launch of this year’s SAB League U21 National Championships.
The organisers of the Mzansi’s prestigious and successful grassroots football development league is scheduled to take place in KwaZulu-Natal from next week.
“As the football community gears up for the culmination of South Africa’s largest and most successful grassroots football development league, KwaZulu-Natal is ready to play host to the much-anticipated SAB League U21 National Championships. The tournament will be played at the King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi from the 17th to the 22nd of July 2018,” tournament organisers confirmed in a statement.
“The SAB League National Championships pit nine provincial teams as well as a university select side, University Sport South Africa (USSA) against one another in a display of the finest grassroots football the country has on offer,” read the statement.
The PSL’s Footballer of the Season Percy Tau, as well as Midfielder of the Season Siphesihle Ndlovu, are some of the players who have come through the tournament and on their way to making it into professional football.
Bucs’ Mokwena has commended the tournament for its role in unearthing talent.
“It is impressive that the SAB League is not solely about the development of players and develops across the football structures. To sit here as a coach, in a panel made up of administrators, players and match officials who have all been developed under the same programme demonstrate just how well structured and advanced the SAB League is. I have coached some exceptional players under the League and with the ongoing innovation taking place, it is amazing to see the huge impact that the SAB League has on our football,” Mokwena has been quoted as saying.