New Ajax Cape Town signing, Shuaib Walters would like to see more young goalkeepers using the Varsity Football competition as a launch pad for their professional careers.
Numerous outfield players have enhanced their reputations by starring in the Varsity Football competition, particularly with the matches being televised live on SuperSport, and it received mass media coverage both in the traditional newspaper press, online and social media.
Former North-West University playmaker Orebotse “Bobo” Mongae is the latest Varsity Football graduate to be signed by a Premier Soccer League outfit with Baroka FC adding him to their squad for the 2018/19 season.
Walters, who is a veteran goalkeeper with 250 appearances across all competitions in South Africa’s top division, believes the time has come for Varsity Football goalies to lift their game.
“The Varsity Football competition is a brilliant shop window for PSL clubs. There is so much young talent on show. I wish I was still 18 years old and playing Varsity Football. There wasn’t anything like this when we were coming through the ranks,” said the former Maritzburg United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City shot-stopper.
“I had to take the winding route via the lower divisions before being noticed and picked up to get an opportunity to play in the PSL. We have seen strikers, midfielders and defenders make their mark in Varsity Football and then move up to the PSL. I don’t think there has been a goalkeeper yet and that needs to change.
“I think it is a national problem that goalkeepers are neglected and not much focus is placed on their craft. Besides one or two PSL clubs, there isn’t enough specialised goalkeeping training. The same technical expertise that is afforded outfield players should be at the disposal of goalkeepers too. It is the only to raise the overall standard,” he added.