Former PSL veteran goalkeeper Shuaib Walters has embarked on a mission to hone skills of the next generation of goalkeepers.
Walters, who manned the sticks for a number of PSL clubs including Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United, recently hung up his gloves to focus on his goalkeeping academy – Shuaib Walters Goalkeeping Academy based in Johannesburg.
“I have always said I am going to retire if I lose the passion for playing,” Walters told Homeground on SuperSport TV recently.
“I relocated to Johannesburg. I feel there’s a bigger demographic with what I am looking to do in the future. Well, I have started already with my goalkeeping academy. It’s my baby. I launched in 2016 but I just relocated here pushed it in Northcliff. It’s taking up and we have some few good projects.”
Walters, whose last employment was at Ajax Cape Town, would like to see more homegrown goalkeepers in the PSL. Currently half the teams in the PSL have foreign keepers as their first choice keepers. Kaizer Chiefs, Polokwane City, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United, Cape Town City, Baroka FC, Golden Arrows and Black Leopards deploy goalminders from beyond these borders while the rest have locals for their number one spot.
Walters wants to see the status quo change.
“I have lost the passion for playing and the love for playing but I do feel that because we lack goalkeeping in South Africa, we all know that a lot clubs have been getting foreign goalkeepers in there. I feel that it’s time I can add value to that. We need to invest in that. One of our projects is to do Sunday clinics in disadvantaged and less fortunate areas,” he said.
“I want to identify that talent. I want to identify the next Shuaib Walters but give them the fundamentals required so that they can become European goalkeepers or go to play in Europe. Also stop foreign goalkeepers from coming in and also empowering our national team,” said the former Ajax and Cape Town City keeper.
Though Walters was one of the talented keepers in the PSL, the Capetonian didn’t feature prominently for the national team. He was a part of Bafana Bafana’s 2010 Fifa World Cup squad though he didn’t feature during the tournament.
By Hosea Ramphekwa