Soccer

Ithier plans to help Bafana

2012-03-05 13:40
Jean Marc Ithier (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Former Santos player Jean Marc Ithier, who is now the brains behind a growing football academy in Cape Town, revealed that part of his plans is to produce quality strikers for the national team.

Ithier scored over 50 goals during his playing days in Santos colours, until he retired in 2006. He was also a member of the Mauritius national team during his heyday.

“Everything is going well and it’s (the academy) growing. We’re also getting more senior players from the UCT (University of Cape Town) and they are still young because they are under 19, 20 and 21 years of age. It’s the direction we’re trying to take.

“I think sport and education go hand-in-hand. As much as possible, we’re trying to get it right through sport and education. From the under-9 age group we’re talking about approximately 230 boys for this season. We have to make sure that by the time these youngsters get to Bafana Bafana they can score goals because we’re having a big problem already.

“I think goalkeepers and strikers are the two positions that are always in the spotlight. I think being a striker myself, we can produce strikers for the PSL and for South Africa,” said Ithier.

Ithier’s project is called the Jean Marc Ithier Soccer Academy and was started just after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is based in Pinelands in the Mother City.

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