THE South Africa Football Association (SAFA) will be conducting a set of FIFA FAP (Financial Assistant Program) talent identification trials for the selection of players into the High Performance Centre as well as the Under 17 Women’s National team.
The FIFA Financial Assistant Program is funded by the World Football Governing body and is designed to motivate and empower the associations and confederations to organize development programs that meet their needs and strengthen football and its administration in the long term. The FAP is also intended to encourage the investment of funds in long-term development initiatives and to advocate the principles of accountability and good governance in financial matters.
The talent identification trials have been organised by SAFA’s Women’s Football Technical Director, Fran Hilton-Smith in an aim to scout for quality players in preparation for the 2014 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup.
Hilton-Smith believes it takes five years to develop a strong national team and this talent identification process would help them in selecting and timeously grooming those players at the High Performance Centre.
“I feel this one of the most crucial development programs put in place for the identification and development of players for the High Performance Centre and the Under 17 National team. This camp would help us as we build a squad for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s Cup. Several players like Kelso Peskin, Meagan Newman, and Nomvula Kgoale, who now feature in the Bantwana and Basetsana squads were selected during the previous FIFA FAP trials,” said Hilton-Smith.
The trials will comprise of 40 players identified through various football tournaments and platforms. These include the Sasol and Absa Women’s League, the National championships and seasonal leagues, the recent SA Games that took place in Limpopo and the Dlala Ntombazana tournament that took place in Tshwane last month. The trials will be conducted over a period of three days from October 28-31 at the Edenvale Football Club in Johannesburg.
Selections will be done by the head coach of the HPC Sheryl Botes, who is also the Under 20 Women’s National team coach, Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza as well as Under 17 coaches Gregory Mashilo and Anna Monate. Alex Heredia will select the goalkeepers.