Eric Tinkler visits the Nike Football Elite Training Program Players |

Eric Tinkler visits the Nike Football Elite Training Program Players |

SuperSport United head coach visited the Nike Football Elite Training program players at Nike stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The MTN8 finalist coach encouraged the boys to work hard and enjoy being part of the program as this could be the start of bigger things for the players chosen to participate in the program.

He expressed that this is an opportunity and a platform to showcase their talent on their quest to make it to top flight.

Eric Tinkler has been part of the elite training program since 2010 and regards the program as a good program. “We managed to identify a lot of young talent players and had a chance to select players who got to be part of this initiative and went overseas at the Nike Academy in London to get an opportunity to become proffesional footballers.

A program like this gives youngsters an opportunity that not established football clubs who don’t have academies can offer these youngsters, an opportunity to a proffesional experience and trials to a team in the premier league.”

The coaches here at the Nike Elite Training program are here to guide and equip the boys with football basics.

“The gratification that the coaches at youth development have is to hope that these players get a chance and to sign proffesional contracts with clubs in the premier league, stated Tinkler”

He furthermore expressed that, SAFA should oversee programs like these and be responsible to establish such programs like they did with the School of Excellence that unearthed the likes of Steve Pienaar, Daine Klate, Dillon Sheppard, Aubrey Modiba just to mention a few. All PSL clubs also have to play a role in having youth development program and academies. SAFA needs to be focused on District, Regional and Provincial competitions to identify a pool of player. Once the players have been identified, they need to get to a provincial or national camp to enhance their abilities.

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