Masinga: 'We need to close the gap'

Phil Masinga believes that improving the basics in the youth of today is crucial in seeing players make the leap from the SAB League to the Premier Soccer League.

The assistant coach was Neil Tovey’s right-hand man during the debut edition of the Castle League SuperStars campaign which took place in Cape Town and Pretoria in January 2013.

“I think this season is much better. We have a couple of teams now that arebeing coached by people who have done courses, unlike before,” he says.

“Before some of the players didn’t have the basics: players of 19/20 years that couldn’t do the simple basics of football skills. But for now, in what I have seen, the players are getting much better.  It is a pity in South Africa we are struggling, in comparison to my days… I don’t know what has happened [to development].

“I hope that here we can close the gap. It is very imperative that players start playing at the age of eight or ten years so they can start learning the basics.”

This year will mark the second version of the SuperStarsprogramme and the former Leeds United striker is hoping that they will see more players from the team earning professional contracts.

“I am expecting to see more players going into the National First Division and the PSL, maybe two or three will go into the Premier League,” he adds.

“It is a big ask.Being in the National First Division is a huge step for most of our players in South Africa. The different training we offer might help them.”

Castle Lager are proud to announce that SimphiweMtsweni, who came out of the debut team, signed for Kaizer Chiefs six months after being involved in the campaign.

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