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SOUTH Africa must channel more financial resources into development if the country is to reclaim its status as one of the superpowers of African soccer, former Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett said yesterday.
The successful but down-to-earth Bartlett was speaking after conducting coaching clinics for boys and girls who serve as Powerade ball crew members at his soccer academy in Douglasdale, Johannesburg.
The two-day clinics end today.
Ball crew members have been roped in by the company from various Safa-affiliated clubs in all World Cup host cities.
The ball crew members, who now include girls, hand balls back to the players during matches.
The company has asked Bartlett to take the youngsters through the basics of soccer, including life skills and nutrition. The aim of the project is to develop and nurture soccer talent in the country.
"This is one of the many ways of creating professionals, starting at early stage," said Bartlett, who is assisted by another ex-Bafana player, André Arendse.
"We hope this programme will greatly benefit these young athletes in their professional careers."
Ball crew members have already rubbed shoulders with the likes of Asamoah Gyan, David Villa, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Aaron Mokoena during the World Cup.