Phakaaathi Reporter
Football writer
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6 Oct 2016
12:01 pm

Dikwena academy manager emphasises education

Phakaaathi Reporter

'Gone are the days where we have players that are only technically good,' the academy manager says.

Luvolwethu Mpeta of Platinum Stars (Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Platinum Stars academy manager Kagiso Marumo is looking to steer the Dikwena development team into an institution that will not only produce good players but also teach them the ways of life after football.

“Gone are the days where we have players that are only technically good. We need to develop players that are good not only at football but also can do well academically. We need to produce players that can excel academically so that if they don’t make it in football they have something to fall back on. We also can’t have a situation where players retire as paupers. It starts at academy, where we have to empower players,” Marumo was quoted on the Dikwena website.

“One of the things that we bring is to evaluate our players technically and academically. We bring that thing of saying as much as we evaluate our players on technical performance and we also need to address academic performance.”

Marumo, who was previously the head of North West University’s soccer institute, which produced the likes Thabo Rakhale, Luvolwethu Mpetha, Boalefa Pule and Thabo Mnyamane, to mention a few.