Orlando Pirates team manager Ephraim Mashaba has committed his team's support for the planned establishment of a soccer development academy in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga.
"We believe this initiative will help contribute to the development of football not only in the region but also in the country as a whole," said Mashaba.
The former Bafana Bafana coach expressed concern that the initiative would not succeed without the support of the private sector.
"As you drive the process, you need to mobilise sponsors who will assist financially. An initiative like this requires money to be successful," said Mashaba.
Pirates played to a goalless draw against an invitation side from the region last month.
The Gert Sibande District executive mayor, Andries Gamade, said: "The game was in line with the district municipality's plans to produce players in the region that will finally play in the Bafana Bafana squad.
"As a district, we support every initiative that develops football in this region. We still have to sit down and map the way forward. The plan has to be refined and we believe that the direction we are taking will produce positive results in what we want to achieve."
The academy is expected to be up and running next year. It will accommodate junior players from the region.