YB to tour Durban

Young Bafana (YB) under-16 players will test their skill level when they play against professional sides in Durban.

The YB boys will leave Lwandle for Durban this coming Saturday morning, but will first stop in Bloemfontein.

There they are also expected to play against Bloemfontein Celtic’s under-16 side, before continuing with their journey to KwaZulu-Natal.

Team coach Veron Peter believes this is a great opportunity to expose the YB charges to playing outside the Western Cape.

He says the boys need the exposure so they realise they can pursue their dreams despite the circumstances in their own kasi.

“These boys need to know there’s a lot that life can offer them, other than football itself,” Peter says. “We will go sightseeing and experience a whole new world, which majority of the boys may not have been exposed to in the past.”

YB will spend the entire week in Durban, where they are expected to play against professional under-16 sides of Maritzburg United, AmaZulu and the Michael House Academy.

Peter reckons the boys will gain invaluable experience pitting themselves against their peers on the pitch.

“On the tour they will be playing against boys that already have one foot in the professional set-up,” he says. “This is where they need to test themselves and see where they still need to improve as players.”

The squad is excited at the prospect of touring other provinces and can’t wait to showcase their talent.

“They will pay absolutely nothing for this trip thanks to the generous contributions of donors,” relays Peter.

“This will also enlighten their parents of their children’s remarkable abilities. The knowledge they will attain during the tour is more valuable than money. It is about testing themselves against some of the best in the country.”