Highlands Park Multichoice Diski Challenge coach Willem Jackson is relishing the responsibility of identifying future talent for Highlands’ senior team as well as the national team.
Jackson has been in charge of the Lions of the North reserve team since July 2018 after leaving Platinum Stars, now Cape Umoya United.
The 46-year-old who was part of the Bafana Bafana squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France says the feeling of identifying talent is what drives him.
“I really enjoy working with these youngsters and it’s also a learning curve for me,” Jackson told FARPost.co.za.
“I worked as an assistant coach in the PSL (Absa Premiership) and coming here for me it’s not a demotion, it’s a promotion working with these talented youngsters that we have and producing players.
“If you can produce players for your first team, if your can produce a player for another team or if you can produce a player for the national team, it’s a positive” he emphasised.
“If you can get 2 out of 25 or 30 players to get into a national team or one player that can get into the first team. For me working with these youngsters is a great experience”
The Highlands Park reserve team are currently 4th on the extended MDC league with 20 points from 10 matches.
They are 7 points behind leaders BidVest Wits.