‘East Cape needs second pro club’
Former Bafana Bafana star Patrick Mayo and ex-pro Thabo September believe that having another professional soccer club in the province besides Chippa United will help grow the sport in the area.
Mayo, a former Michau Warriors, Bush Bucks and Kaizer Chiefs player, and former Supersport United skipper September were in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday as MTN 8 ambassadors and will be touring the Eastern Cape.
“We are here to promote the game,” September said.
“We wish in terms of growth that there was another team in the Eastern Cape that would compete with Chippa United and promote the province.
“We are from here and we would love to see another team that will give opportunities to the province’s young players.
“It’s good that we have Chippa this side but if there was another professional team in the area there would be more opportunities for local players.”
Mayo agreed, saying: “It would be good if Chippa could look at players around this area rather bringing players from other provinces, because that does not grow our football in the Eastern Cape.
“I would also love to see another club in the province, even if they are in the National First Division.”
Mayo and September are on a media roadshow showcasing the trophy. They will also be hosting coaching clinics in the Eastern Cape until Friday.
They will be visiting Nobhotwe Primary School in Mdantsane on Thursday, where they will be conducting a coaching clinic and giving pupils tips on how to be great footballers.
Nobhotwe will also receive soccer and netball kits as part of the programme.
“We are not just doing these coaching clinics for fun,” Mayo said.
“We will also be looking for talented players.”
“As former players we know which qualities we will be looking out for in players.
September said: “We have been doing this with MTN for a while now – last year we went to Aliwal North with them.
“We mostly empower the coaches so that we leave them with something, so that we don’t leave the boys with no knowledge.
“Basically, if we give the coaches the knowledge they will always give the players sustainability when we are not there,” September said.
“That is what we will be doing in Mdantsane, empowering the coaches.
“We might also see one or two talented players who we could recommend to some of the teams that we played for.
“But mostly, we want to inspire them, give our knowledge about the game and hopefully they will succeed as well in this game of football.” The 35-yearold former defender said it was very exciting to see and feel the trophy that captains will lift on September 29 when SuperSport United take on Cape Town City in the MTN8 final in Durban.