Sport & School News
13 May 2022

Tlhabane/Rustenburg – Gillash Sports Group (GSG) Football Academy is still on the lookout for players in the u/15 and u/19 age groups. 

The academy is encouraging those interested in joining them to attend their training sessions in Tlhabane. 

On Saturday 19 February the academy hosted trials at the Tlhabane sports grounds where young football enthusiasts who turned up had the rare opportunity of being coached by former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana defender Jacob Tshisevhe.   

GSG executive chairman Gilroy Tlou, who organised the trials, said while there had been an overwhelming response, the academy was still looking for more talent. 

“We have many players in the u/11 and u/13 age groups. However, we are still looking for more players in the u/15 and u/19 age groups and are therefore urging those who fall within this age group to report for training,” Tlou explained. 

He explained why, for now, the academy would not be involved in any competitive football matches against other teams. 

“Football development is about making sure that the players are able to learn the basics, such as trapping the ball, passing and other aspects that help them to develop into good players. 
“We have to make sure the players are well grounded in these basics first so we will continue coaching them until they excel and then consider playing them against other football teams,” Tlou said. 

He said their approach is in line with their vision of producing players capable of competing in the professional ranks in South Africa and even beyond the boarders of the country. 

Said Tlou: “When you look at some of the current players we have playing in the premier soccer league, you will see that they use one foot only to pass and shoot and our intention is to change that. 
“When you look at the top teams in Europe, for example, you will realise that most of their players are very versatile and can use both feet. 

“This is the kind of modern approach we are bringing into football coaching because we want to help develop such players and it starts from when they are still very young.”    
He said both boys and girls are welcome to attend training. 

For more information contact Gilroy Tlou on 060 804 9131.



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