Academy scouting for skilled player at Bunkers Hill trials
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.”