KwaZulu Natal Football Association chairman Kwenza Ngwenya has revealed that the province will soon have an under 17 football league, which aims at developing young players for professional football.
Ngwenya told FARPost that this initiative seeks to give young players an opportunity of competitive football and prepare them for the professional level.
He said they also want to invite all PSL teams from KZN to have their teams participating in the provincial U17 league, as he applauded the good work done by teams from the province in both the Dstv Premiership and GladAfrica Championship.
“We remember that KwaZulu Natal, even before was the hub of best players, so we want to bring it back,” he stated.
“As SAFA in the province we are working hard, we want to create an Under 17 league, that will play provincially, to give our youngsters a chance to play competitive football, at younger ages.
“In that league, we want it to be a league of 18 teams, in that 18 we wish that all our PSL teams to have their U17 in that league,” he continued.
“So that our young players will be more encouraged to play. Once young players know that there is Golden Arrows, there is AmaZulu FC, there is Royal AM, they will work hard, because they want to be there.”
“We also want to thank our teams for the performance they showed this past season, we remember that every season we are always scared looking at our teams on the bottom of the log.
“But we are very happy that this season we are looking up there (top half), so thank you very much, we hope that this will continue,” concluded Ngwenya.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter