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Former Bafana stars establish clinic to unearth talent

Shaun Bartlett

Shaun Bartlett and five former Bafana Bafana stars, including Roger de Sa, Eric Tinkler, Fani Madida, Linda Buthelezi and Tebogo Moloi, will be running three football clinics in Gauteng in a bid to unearth new soccer talent for the national team.

Bartlett, who was part of the 1996 Bafana Bafana team that was ranked number one in Africa said, “We (South African football) have gone backwards since 1996.” He explained that the former soccer stars are worried that the South African team will become a third rate side.

The clinic will take the form of three boot camps taking place over the next six months and will be open for youth from local Gauteng clubs aged between 16 and 19 years. The program will start with 350 players this weekend at Wits University Youth Academy in Millpark followed by two more camps- one in April and one in June. 20 boys will be selected at the end of the program to train in Brazil where they will have the opportunity to play matches at one of Brazil’s World Cup stadiums.

Bartlett stated, “It is vital we start at the bottom and lay a solid foundation. Our goal is to produce players who will represent Bafana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”

The project will be endorsed by sports giant, Nike who will be sponsoring R 14 million for the initiative paying for players expenses, including accommodation, boots and kit.