6 August 2018 – A lot of exciting talent has been on display in the South African Football Association’s Gauteng Development League that has been rolled out across the province with the aim of further increasing football participation.
The league which comprises of a number of Premier Soccer League (PSL) and academy clubs has seen thousands of aspiring footballers honing their skills in a highly competitive league that is fast becoming a breeding ground for talent.
Bidvest Wits FC currently occupy number one spot in both the U15 and U19 Divisions of the league while the U13 divison is led by Supersport United with Orlando Pirates leading the pack in the U17 division.
The Johannesburg based side stretched their lead at the top after having to fight off a resilient Fairfield Sports Academy on Saturday, 4 August at Sturrock Park.
The hard-fought victory over Fairfield sees Wits stretch their lead to 11 points over Orlando Pirates who were at the top for quite some time before dropping a number of points. With a game in hand, the young Buccaneers will be hoping to bounce back from their 0-0 draw against Supersport United this past weekend.
The SAFA Gauteng Development League was launched last year with the aim of increasing participating and competitive football at junior level and continues to live up to its objective.
Four different divisions comprising of U13, U15, U17 and U19 leagues have been competing on a weekly basis with a number of youngsters getting an opportunity to showcase their talent and regularly play competitive football.
Over and above SAFA’s SAB U21 League which boasts over 30 000 players playing football on a weekly basis across the country, the innovative Gauteng Development League is part and parcel of the Association’s ambitious Vision 2022 programme that seeks to widen the pool of players, coaches, referees and administrators for the overall benefit of South African football.
Football lovers in and around Gauteng are urged to make their way to the various venues to witness raw talent across different parts of Gauteng.