Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies towering striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi believes that the lack of development structures in women’s football is one of the reasons South African players fall behind their European counterparts.
Mgcoyi, who has played in six European leagues and had a taste of the Uefa Women’s Champions League since 2013, says girls overseas in countries like England are introduced to structured football at a young age hence, they are able to develop technique early.
“In South Africa, we believe more in running. But in Europe, they believe more in ball work. From warm-up to fitness, it’s all about ball work. If you don’t have technique in Europe, no matter how fit you may be, you won’t survive,” Mgcoyi told Newframe.com.
“We still have a lot to do in South Africa. If you take a 10-year-old from Europe and a 10-year-old from Mzansi, you can tell the difference. The way they groom their players is not the same as in South Africa.”
English giants Liverpool, for example, start their development structure at U-9 level in their women’s team. “There’s a huge difference,” she said.
“We need more places like the HPC [TuksSport High School, which forms part of the High-Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria]. We have to develop players from a young age, correctly, focus on each player and mould them to what they can be,” concluded Mgcoyi.
The experienced forward last made an appearance in Banyana colours back in 2016. She has scored 20 goals in 42 matches for SA, including goals in three Afcons, Banyana’s Olympic Games debut, and the All Africa Games.
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By FARPost Reporter