McCarthy urges former players to give back

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy says it’s time former professional footballers give back to South Africa’s youth by improving the level of coaching.

The former Bafana Bafana defender says the knowledge from the majority of the country’s former player’sh has not been utilised effectively, which stifles the talent of millions of kids who are without adequate coaching.

McCarthy spoke at the annual Solar Youth Cup in the Northern Cape where he was involved with coaching and scouting.

“In most cases, former players complain from the sidelines that they are being marginalised, but that is not true,” he said at the event. “We must not sit on the sidelines and complain without doing anything to uplift the game.

“We have a lot of opportunities to help grow and identify talent. In most cases especially in far-flung areas, there is massive talent but because the players are not coached properly, that talent at times goes to waste.

“It is our duty as former players to attain coaching badges and help implement what Safa is trying to achieve; that is identify and polish the budding talent and grow the game.”

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