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POOLS of water gather on the tarmac of a run-down basketball court where a group of boys play with a worn football in the drizzle, trying to hone skills that might never be spotted.
"There's a lot of talent here," says Ben Londzi, co-ordinator of a community group trying to lure youth away from other temptations in Nyanga, just outside Cape Town.
"Here in Nyanga there has never been a scout from any big team," says Xolani Sicamba, who coaches them.
When it's raining they play on the uneven basketball court.
Passionate about football, Londzi and Sicamba organise street soccer and try to groom the boys in the hope that they are discovered.
Nyanga is reported to be one of South Africa's most violent township, and this section of it, KTC, is often referred to by locals as Killer's Club.
Like so many townships, it has few facilities for football training.
Some of those children get snapped up by regional clubs after trying to perfect their skills on patches of land with only a brick or orange traffic cones for goalposts.
Barely a year before the Soccer World Cup comes to South Africa, there are hopes the country would produce a world-class team, as the national team Bafana Bafana struggles.
And experts decry the lack of youth development. Romanian football development expert Ted Dumitru, who acts as director for local team Mamelodi Sundowns, says South Africa's football development is in dire straits.
"It is quite shocking that even at this stage - as hosts of the Confederations Cup - we don't have a well-defined concept on the youth," he says.
Dumitru, nicknamed "Mr Magic" in SA, where he has turned several teams into local champions, said though some big teams have development programmes, this was not properly coordinated at national level.
"Every coach from other parts of the world tells us we have exceptional talent. But from that to the point of realisation - it's a huge gap."
He says sports more popular among whites, such as rugby, have good funding and the teams excel internationally. But the funding discrepancies are shocking.
"Players who do make it professionally only come into contact with fundamental skills too late," Dumitru says.
"We have a huge crisis in the country.
"Our players cannot score goals."
Danny Jordaan, head of Fifa's local organising committee, says the nation has missed the opportunity of the World Cup to build its football team.
Jordaan says the first priority should be providing basic training within reach of township children.
When asked about the Confederations Cup this weekend, he says: "We have to do whatever we can with the players we have, but in the long term there will be an integrated sustainable approach to development.
"I think we will produce a world-class team."
While the group of boys in KTC do what they can with the little they have, Jordaan expresses hope that they, and others like them who dream of being football stars, can one day "turn that hope into a reality". - Sapa-AFP