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.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Where should Rivaldo Coetzee play his soccer next season?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.