The English Premier League side’s Under-19s are competing in the Metropolitan Premier Cup currently underway in Cape Town, though they were knocked out in the quarter-finals yesterday.
Speaking of the talent at the tournament, head coach Eric Ramsey says there is no doubt about the quality, and if there was no ‘red tape’ to take players to Europe they would’ve signed a few, with last year’s Player of the Tournament Mihlali Mayambela one that impressed him most.
“The only difficulty in us extending our scouting network is all the red tape they have to get through in order to get to the UK,” Ramsey tells snl24.com/kickoff.
“Unless they are established international players, they won’t get work-permits or visas or be employed in the UK, so they would have to go through lots of other avenues in order to get to the UK.”
He adds: “Talent is definitely not the issue. I remember I was here last year and I say the player, he played for JL Zwane, and he ended up going to Sweden [to Djurgardens IF].
“When we saw him we thought ‘wow, what a player’. He would do very, very well at the UK. And I will be interested to know where he ends up because from a personal point of view, not the club’s, I remember thinking he could have a really bright future.”
Ramsey was also impressed with the talent at SuperSport United, the side which knocked them out the tournament.
“Obviously we’ve seen a lot of players in the side we played against [SuperSport United]. They are very difficult to play against and you would expect them to go and play at a higher leve,l but in terms of our club’s ability to bring them to the UK it is almost impossible.”