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AmaZulu imports German for their academy

2008-09-09 19:01

The lack of quality local players has forced the owner of AmaZulu to embark on an ambitious Youth Development project aimed at unearthing exceptionally talented local boys and groom them for the club’s senior side.

Patrick Sokhela has indicated that he will leave no stone unturned to establish a well-developed Youth Academy within the next couple of weeks to off-set this embarrassing shortage of quality players emerging from the KwaZulu-Natal province.

This lack of quality players is not only experienced by clubs. Even at national level Bafana Bafana have been unable to come up with quality players that could stand their ground at international competitions and it is cause for concern to many people, particularly when one considers that this country would be hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals.

“We have put the necessary mechanism in place to start a serious Youth Development structure,” said Sokhela when contacted on Thursday as he reminisced about the good ‘old days when players like Sugar Ray Xulu, Richard Ngubane, Eric Ngidi and Frederick Mfeka used to rule the roost in the green and white.

And part of the ambitious and necessary structures involves bringing in German-born mentor Helmut Kosmehl. A highly qualified coach, Kosmehl has studied as a sport instructor in Cologne and obtained the highest marks for his license from the German Football Federation.

While the German is earmarked to head the AmaZulu Development structure, Sokhela admitted that AmaZulu coach Clive Barker will also be involved in the establishment of the Academy and assisting in ensuring that the development structure runs like clockwork.

There has been rumours doing the rounds that former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Gordon Igesund is headed for AmaZulu, a rumour which Sokhela squashed by saying the current coach is going nowhere and will continue to carry out his duties at the club as head coach.

Sunshine Press