'Football must be nurtured'
Neil Tovey discusses football development and naturing talent in South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG - The Nelson Mandela Sports and Cultural Day will take place on 17 August all in aid of the Nelson Mandela Children's hospital project.
Former Bafana Bafana captain and 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winner Neil Tovey spoke to Sports Talk about the state of football in South Africa.
Tovey said, "There is immense talent in this country but it has to be nurtured. As South Africans we should be leaders in football in Africa because of the good infrastructure we have and we shouldn't be where we are in world football."
Asked what is being done to improve the sport, Tovey said two years ago sporting think tanks met and discussed youth development programmes and how to coach coaches.
"The funds come from the 2010 Fifa World Cup and if we can identify 12-year-olds and put them in the programme then by the age of 17 they can debut in the national squad."
The former Bafana captain added the programme was still in the process of being implemented.
Tovey said the Nelson Mandela Sports and Cultural Day will be a day to celebrate Madiba and what he has done for the country.
"We hope to put on a sterling performance and we want people to come and celebrate with us. It will be fun."