The South African Football Association (SAFA) used the recently-staged Metropolitan Premier Cup as a platform for talent identification, this in order to create a bigger pool of players for the Under 20 Men’s National Team (Amajita).
The Metropolitan Premier Cup was held at Erica Park Stadium in Cape Town (from 4 – 9 April 2012).
Phillipi United of Cape Town were crowned the tournament champions after they played against the development teams of Orlando Pirates, Supersport United, Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns, to name a few.
SAFA saw a need to increase the base of players for the Amajita squad as they will be competing in the African Youth Championship qualifiers and the inaugural Zone Six Games – all expected to all take place later this year.
From the thirty two (32) teams competing in the tournament, twenty five players were selected and have been earmarked for an invitation to the Amajita squad. They have been dubbed “The Dream Team.”
SAFA’s technical director, Serame Letsoaka has congratulated Phillipi United and says that it’s good to see clubs such as Phillpi making it big against big name teams like Supersport United and Pirates.
Letsoaka adds that he has met with several coaches from the development teams, informing them of SAFA’s plan to enhance the U20 National Team with quality players from their clubs.