Mamelodi Sundowns and the University of Pretoria have signed a historic agreement to collaborate and make a contribution to growing and developing football in South Africa through science, technology and scientific research.
The partnership will see ‘The Brazilians’ structures working alongside the sport science and medical staff at UP.
In addition, the two parties will make use of UP’s facilities such as the High Performance Centre (HPC) and the Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI).
“Mamelodi Sundowns is always looking for technical and scientific ways to improve its performances and to be a globally competitive football club,” said club president, Dr Patrice Motsepe during a joint media briefing held on Monday.
“Although the club has achieved some great feats in the recent past, including winning the 2016 CAF Champions League, the African Continent’s highest honour; the 2017 CAF Super Cup, as well as in 2020 winning a record-breaking tenth Premier Soccer League title, there is still vast room for improvement in the club’s performances and methods.
“All of this will be done with the aim of improving what is on offer to all the players within the youth structures. We must continue to inspire hope. People are still optimistic toward the development and growth of the youth.” said Dr Motsepe.
The agreement between the two parties is five-years long.
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