With the pressing need of producing the best of best in youth development, Head of Youth, Ronnie Moroka highlights simple pointers that have thus far seen the Usuthu seedlings flourish in top flight football.
About five of sister club Durban Warriors’ players who play their football in the SAFA Vodacom Promotional League have been bloodied into the first team’s pre-season training programme.
“The general feeling is that the 5 players who are training with the first team are doing well so far. I get excited when I see such opportunities being created for our development players.
If you look at Siyabonga Thwala today who had a similar trial experience with the main team, because he took it with both hands he is even recognized now by the U20 SA national Team. The likes of Mxolisi Mayongo and others too all went through the same path,” enthused Moroka.
However the former Jomo Cosmos youth mentor has mentioned that the main aim behind Roger Palmgren welcoming the youngsters are not only motivated by the need to sign them but more towards strengthening their abilities for the future.
Surely striker Siyabonga Thwala is one of the few players who’s inroads into stardom is a lot deeper having also come from the AmaZulu U17 team under coach Lindokuhle Mkhize.
“Seeing my former team mates at training reminded me of when I started to play for the club. The challenge for me was that there were big names in the team and at first I was nervous and that made me do silly mistakes.
“The trial experience on the first team was great because I was welcomed well and the guys were awesome, being the youngest player made me realize that many young players can make it at the top at an early age but they must have passion and commitment.
“Some of the best advantages since my signing are working with a good coach Roger Palmgren who believes in youngsters and a chance to play with experienced great players and someone like Fani Madida,” said Thwala.
Other players that have graduated into the senior team from the feeder team are Philani Kunene, Donovan Thompson, and Mxolisi Mayongo.Share