Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane has called for the protection of young and upcoming players.
‘Yeye’, who retired recently, is an ambassador for the Engen Knockout Challenge that will kickoff on Friday in Durban, where players under the age of 18 years will showcase their talent.
The former Kaizer Chiefs player is adamant that young players need to be well developed to become complete players before they can be thrown into the deep end.
“Normally we have sort of informal football tournaments that are happening in townships and it takes us as a country, longer with those informal tournaments to develop players,” he said.
“They don’t compete with players that are developed than them and they don’t learn much in terms of what they do and when they break into a proper structure they struggle to adjust.
“So these tournaments give youngsters that are playing township football an opportunity to compete with a team like AmaZulu, where the structure is much better than them,” continued Letsholonyane.
“They sort of weight themselves against the best and see how they can improve and be better in their careers.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter