The club offered their bit towards contributing in career guidance and education on 25 May during a two hour long talk show with over five Durban based high school pupils at this year’s KZN Career Expo which was held at the Durban Convention Centre.
The conference was organised by Independent Media in partnership with eThekwini Municipality. Scholars got a chance to pose questions to AmaZulu Midfielder, Michael Morton; first team Assistant Coach, Alan Clark and Youth Technical Director, Ronnie Moroka about what it takes to make it to professional football.
Usuthu Media Officer, Brilliant Mkhathini facilitated the discussion into what the KZN based club offers to change the lives of young people beyond football alongside AmaZulu Community Trust Programs Manager, Mpho Dintwa.
Clark stressed the need for youth to identifying their passion at early stages of life prior to making career choices.
“For me I found that in life it is all has to do with how you relate with the choices, the formal and informal training you do.”
“There’s a bit of psychology for instance which I have studied in the past, that later applied in dealing with coaching and many other skills that relate with players which helped me become somewhat better in my day to day life as a coach,” said the Assist Coach.
Ronnie Moroka emphasised discipline to be key towards having a sustained career in sport while challenging the audience to make the most of the bursary programs offered by the AmaZulu Community Trust.
Michael Morton said: “A football career is short, studying is very important. There’s a lot of planning you need to do for yourself for you to have something to fall back upon post football,” said the 29 midfielders.
Common questions among the enthusiastic audience range from what it takes for footballers to balance school with the interest of playing football and the career options in sport.
Currently Usuthu have over 30 players under the AmaZulu – Glenwood Academy program and over 10 players are part of Ohlange High School under the AmaZulu Community Trust’s bursary programme.
One of the club’s youngest signings, Sphesihle Maduna made his PSL debut this season after matriculating last year through the academy system.
The conference was officially opened on 24 May by MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube with over 7000 youth in attendance. The conference was organised by Independent Media in partnership with eThekwini Municipality.Share