AMAZULU striker Ayanda "Cobra" Dlamini has urged South African coaches to turn to the SAB Regional League to bolster their teams.
Speaking at the launch of the SAB Under-21 Championships at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban yesterday, Dlamini said Premiership and National First Division coaches should stop complaining about the lack of quality strikers and attend Regional League matches.
"It was a great experience for me to have played in this league last season. I played soccer and at the same time I was also doing a diploma in nursing," said Dlamini, who joined Usuthu from Nongoma Citizen.
"I was an unknown player about 10 months ago, playing in the Regional League, but this league opened doors for me to join a big team like AmaZulu. It gave me the platform to realise my childhood dream of playing professional football."
Dlamini took the Premiership by storm in his maiden season by scoring 10 goals in the league, which was described by Safa president Kirsten Nematandani as a great achievement for a youngster.
Hepsy Mkhungo, SAB's head of transformation and enterprise development, said: "We are delighted that many of the graduates of the Regional League are doing well in the Premiership and Bafana Bafana. This is indeed a platform to unearth more talent."
Newly elected Safa eThekwini regional president Alpha Mchunu said the championships next week will be an appetiser for the World Cup.
"We will use the tournament to embrace the spirit of the World Cup," said Mchunu, who is also a Safa national executive committee member and the new Moses Mabhida Stadium venue manager.
Limpopo, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, University Sport South Africa and Western Cape have been drawn in Group A. North West, Free State, Northern Cape, Gauteng and Mpumalanga are in Group B.