Academy scout­ing for skilled player at Bunkers Hill tri­als

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New ABC Mot­sepe League side Bush Bucks Academy is prepar­ing to host tri­als for U23 play­ers at the Bunkers Hill fields on Mon­day morn­ing.

Bucks who are set to re­place EC Bees in the third-tier league are look­ing to give first pref­er­ence to lo­cal play­ers, who also take their stud­ies se­ri­ously.

“We are con­duct­ing these tri­als for U23 only and we’ll start at 9o’clock and it’s for all lo­cal play­ers be­cause we don’t have ac­com­mo­da­tion or any­thing like that,” said the academy's tech­ni­cal direc­tor Nigel Dixon.

“We are tar­get­ing our lo­cal foot­ballers, be­cause we are try­ing to create an op­por­tu­nity for our lo­cal boys.

“Be­cause when clubs ac­quire ABC Mot­sepe sta­tus the first thing they do is to look for play­ers from other prov­ince’ s like Gaut­eng, and West­ern Cape.

“So ev­ery­one in­ter­ested in part­tak­ing in these tri­als must be at the venue by 8.30am for regis­tra­tion.”

Dixon said the club ac­quired the Bees third-tier league sta­tus in or­der to create op­por­tu­nity for young am­bi­tious lo­cal tal­ent.

“We want to go all the way and do well in this league and they can be part of that as well. But I must stress that they must be not older than 23 years and by do­ing this we are fol­low­ing a spe­cific rule that is in the [ABC] Mot­sepe league.

“And meet­ing that strict re­quire­ment must never be an ob­sta­cle for us,” said Dixon.

He said since they were start­ing a fresh squad they were look­ing for the com­plete player to join them – with a spe­cial fo­cus on tal­ent and ed­u­ca­tion.

“I’ve al­ready iden­ti­fied play­ers down my spine, it’s two or three play­ers that I have coached be­fore.

“Once the launch of the club is done with, we’ll an­nounce those ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers we are tak­ing on board.

“Plus I’m look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced striker as well, but that I will do out­side of the tri­als. Be­cause there I’ll be look­ing for kids with po­ten­tial and in­sight.

“Young play­ers that have got pas­sion and they must want to achieve, but they need to have a bal­ance with their ed­u­ca­tion and foot­ball.

“Be­cause their tech­ni­cal abil­i­ties we can im­prove, but we want them to be able to read and un­der­stand the game.”

Dixon said the goal was to strive to be num­ber one be­cause the third-tier league was a very com­pet­i­tive league with­out a con­so­la­tion prize.

“There’s only one con­so­la­tion there and that’s the num­ber one spot, be­cause it’s a pro­mo­tional league.”

He said play­ers should bring their own play­ing kits and iden­tity doc­u­ments to the sta­dium.

“We need to see their IDs and not their birth cer­tifi­cates, and they should come with their boots and we’ll pro­vide them with bibs to dif­fer­en­ti­ate the teams.”

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