Imagine a world where aspiring young footballers could be taken in as pimple faced teens with a tad bit of bum fluff on their chins and nurtured into complete and successful professional footballers with their airbrushed faces on billboards in countries they have never considered frequenting while they sip cocktails in Ibiza with their significant other, who just happens to be an aspiring supermodel… Well dear friend and reader, such a world does exist in the football realm; although many in our fraternity tend to behave as if young stars pop up at random like a cannabis plant and bring euphoria after being allowed the opportunity to light the scene up. We at GSV have roped in your mate Uncle Bob and asked him to dust off his PhD in Development Football and become the Dean of our newly founded School Of Academies, where we enlighten, inform and entertain you with all the insight he has on development sides across the fraternity. In no particular or meticulous order, for that matter, we present to you The GSV Institutions List.
SuperSport United Football Academy
Country: South Africa
Location: Rosina Sedibane Modiba Sport School, Laudium, Tshwane South, Gauteng; South Africa
Head Of Youth Development: Kaitano Tembo
Head Of Scouting: Webster Lichaba
Notable Graduates: Daine Klate, Kermit Erasmus, Philani Khwela, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thato Mokeke, Ronwen Williams, Thabiso Nkoana
Fresh Out The Oven: Morne Nel, Thabo Moloi, Dumisani Msibi, Skhumbuzo Mazibuko, Kabelo Seriba, Dewin Farmer, Nelson Maluleka
Training facilities: B+
Training methodologies: B-
Opportunities for growth: B+
Dean’s Comment: Located in a highly fertile scouting minefield that serves as the perfect catchment area for top young talent from diverse backgrounds, the SuperSport United Academy has grown in leaps and bounds since its formation and it now ranks amongst the premier youth development programmes on the continent. Rich in scouting networks that span across the nation and beyond our shores, SuperSport United have become a great nest for promising fledglings to grow into soaring fully fledged eagles that dominate the landscape and display efficiency coupled with class and a desire that is bred from the progressive culture prevalent within the entire organisation as a whole. Matsatsantsa a Pitori have invested well into ensuring that their scouting network ranks amongst the highest in the kingdom and they continue to scout the nation well, procuring top young lads with bags of potential and nurturing them into classy footballers with the ability to become established stars in their respective positions. The pressure is now on the management to ensure that their prodigious young lads are afforded all the necessary opportunities to become the stars they are destined to be, the development aspect has been solidified, now it’s time to build a sustainable side with a core base of players from the development that are allowed to play good attacking football and remaining competitive at all times; United as an institution and Mzansi diski as a kingdom will both be even more beautiful and prosperous as a result of this shift in focus ko Pitori.