Cape Town - Bradley
Carnell is currently the coach of the University of Johannesburg men’s football
team, but he believes that the Varsity Cup is limited in its developmental
led his UJ side to the final of last year’s varsity Cup where they lost to the University of Pretoria.
His side will, however, not play in this year’s tournament after failing
to qualify under difficult circumstances.
will be completing my third year with UJ in September, but I didn’t get
involved just for the Varsity Cup campaign,” he told Sport24.
had a situation where we flew to Cape Town on the Sunday to play Varsity Cup on
the Monday night and then on Tuesday we had to play our qualification campaign
for the next season of Varsity Cup.
two out of eight teams from last year are playing in this year’s Varsity Cup.
last year’s winners, nearly didn’t make it as well, they went through only
after a penalty shootout. But I believe it is going to change.”
2015 edition of the Varsity Cup kicks off towards the end of next month.
Carnell was very realistic when asked about the potential that university
football has to unearth young players.
is a decent platform but I don’t think it has much really in terms of the
developmental side of football – I coach men, I’m not coaching young boys.
more of a stepping stone for guys that have been lost in the system.”