Moroka Swallows legend Lefa Tsutsulupa is of the opinion that Kasi Football Tournaments, where skilful players dish out some mouth-watering and scintillating displays for the spectators are poor for team scouts to discover talent.
Kasi flavour is usually the order of the entire tournament during many Kasi football festive tournaments with fans showing up in big numbers just for the entertainment – showboating.
“Honestly, I don’t think Kasi Festive football tournaments are good [for discovering talent], because they are producing players for tournaments and not players who can withstand the pressure of playing in the Absa Premiership,” said Tsutsulupa.
“So they play with a hype of Kasi football but when it is time to play in an empty stadium, they don’t have that vibe, that is what is happening with players such as Skhwama [Tshepo Matete],” added the former Swallows captain, Tsutsulupa.
Matete, who is a former Baroka FC star, joined GladAfrica Championship side AmaTuks in the January transfer window and plays as a full-back.
Tsutsulupa attended several Kasi football tournaments in the Free State Province last December including the Ba2cada Soccer Tournament – the brainchild of Radio personality Nyakallo Leine.
Football tournaments such as the Walter Sisulu Discovery Soccer Challenge gives young talent the much-needed platform to showcase their skills.
“Platform wise, they [Kasi tournaments] are good but in terms of producing players to play in the PSL, I don’t think so because they are players for the tjovitjo, vuvuzela [when hyped up by the fans]…but they can’t play without spectators in the stadium.
“There is a boy who we [Swallows in 2015] signed called Sipho ‘Sgobe’ Moeti from Soweto, he signed for Baroka as well, they don’t last because of that thing, they can’t play in empty stadiums,” emphasised Tsutsulupa.
Moeti is currently without a team and was last seen at the Soweto Spectator Tournament in February at the UJ Soweto Campus where clubless former Orlando Pirates midfielder Khethokwakhe Masuku was in action.
Tsutsulupa is one of the few players to have played over 300 matches in the PSL era.
By FARPost Reporter