Sasol Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw has been out and about on a scouting mission and to look for new talent, taking time off from her busy schedule to watch Sasol League matches, and to chat with players and coaches.
While she has been impressed by what she saw, Pauw also highlighted some challenges especially regarding the gulf in the standard of play among certain teams.
“There were some very good matches I saw involving, among others, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, JVW Academy, Tuks, Croesus and Celta Vigo. I saw some very competitive matches but at the same time there were also matches where the gulf between the two teams was just too big. At a certain match one team won 18-1; that is not right.
“That is something that is a big worry because you don’t want such a massive gap within the same league and age group,” said Pauw.
The Banyana Banyana coach said she wanted to explore and see whether the Premier League set up gave all players same exposure and game time.
“There are some good players in teams that lose 18-1 but they need proper attention and development. But overall I was very impressed by the current set up. It gives us a solid base on which to work from,” she continued.
Pauw, who recently had her first game in charge of Banyana Banyana against Zimbabwe, will continue with her visits to other clubs in other provinces and in far flung rural areas.
“Road shows with our sponsors Sasol where the best players will be on display are the cornerstone of a successful national team. I will try to attend as many of them as possible, but other than that I will also go to the league structures of those areas.
“These visits are very important, as we are constantly looking for good players,” concluded Pauw.
Photo caption: Giving the SAFA women’s football structures an overall thumbs-up, national women’s soccer team’s head coach Vera Pauw’s scouting mission has allowed her an overview of the high – and low points confronting her task. Photo: SAFA on facebook
(With editing by gsport)