Sundowns move ahead in Youth Development – Bishop

25/Aug/2015 17:51

Even before the requirements for the concept of club licencing were formally set by the Premier Soccer League, Mamelodi Sundowns had already started implementing their football academy all the way down to the Under 15 category, and have been working at a foundation programme for even younger ages, Head of Youth Shawn Bishop has told

The world football governing body FIFA is set to roll out minimum standards for clubs to comply with in order to participate in official tournaments through a global FIFA Club Licencing System.  These standards include training facilities, youth football development, good quality stadiums, and professional, trained staff.

According to, the CAF Club Licencing Manager Ahmed Harraz cited South Africa as having set the benchmark for the region in fully implementing its own criteria.

“The PSL is doing a great job in organising the league and raising the level of the clubs,” he is quoted as saying.

Bishop who has spearheaded the youth development programme of Mamelodi Sundowns, points at the recent success of the U17 national squad which has qualified for the U17 World Cup in Chile in October, and of which Bishop is an assistant coach.

“Most of our players come from four institutions in the province of Gauteng who have been working on their youth academies: Supersport, Wits, School of Excellence and Sundowns.  If we establish national principles to have clubs investing in the development of youth football, the growth and the results will certainly be there to be seen,” he told

The Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Academy  has, in the last 2-3 years had a number of achievements in all age groups, winning the National Engen U17 tournament twice, the Nike South Africa U15 tournament twice, the Sanlam Kay Motsepe U19 once, and currently in the National Finals again to be played in October, the Coca Cola U15 tournament twice, and  the Inter Provincial U17 tournament twice.

Sundowns has also featured in a number of finals and semi-finals over the last two years, being in the Finals of the U19 Bayhill tournament against Ajax and the semi-finals last year, also against Ajax.

The U15 have twice travelled to England to represent South Africa at the prestigious Nike U15 Premier Cup, playing against the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United

“The crowning achievement in my opinion is that a number of players have represented the country at all Age groups, over the last two years

Nine players have,  over the last two years, come from the U17 team, with four having achieved a final against Mali at the African Youth Championship and will represent SA at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile, while eight have represented the country in the Under 20, five in the U23, and one youth product Madisha Mojeka has featured for Bafana Bafana.

Two players Khaya Shozi and Madisha Majeka from the Academy have this year been promoted into the senior team and, according to Bishop, the Sundowns MultiChoice Reserve team this season will be made up primarily of players from the Academy with about 20 players under the age of 20 playing in the team for the upcoming 2015 / 2016 season.

30 Responses to Sundowns move ahead in Youth Development – Bishop

  1. ngcawushe says:

    The A-team Sundowns is just disappointing. They are failing to beat a ten-man team. This is currently very inconsistent.

    Ndizabulawa yiswekile apha.

  2. mnesto says:

    thank you Pitso , I told you i give you five league games to prove yourself .

  3. ngcawushe says:

    It’s beginning to annoy me that we now no longer have a team that we are sure we will going into any game.

    These are the teams that will give us the hard time this year: Chiefs, Pirates, Supersport, Celtic, Ajax, Platinum Stars, Wits and now Aces, even Maritzburg United… This is crazy!!!! It means we won’t win the league this season.

    Fans don’t deserve such torture. Something must be done by the technical team to correct this, otherwise the head coach should be fired.

  4. ngcawushe says:

    …we will beat going into any game.

  5. Zakhele Shelembe says:

    Stupit pisto baphi laba abathi its a good coch

  6. Vusumzi says:

    Pitso stop ukuthanda uMashaba,Mweene and madala Ntethe we are going nowhere with mashaba and Mweene dey just playing for d sake of playing dey don’t care abt Sundowns. Bt Pitso expecting us to b happy no way we can’t. Coz dere is Onyango instead of madala Mweene and dere is Langerman instead of Mashaba. And i don’t c a need of development in youth coz Pitso can’t use a development player. He is obsessed of buying players not giving a chance to development player.

  7. mbhele says:

    We don’t have a leftback but we let punch to go. Can anyone update us about the injury of onyango

  8. Vusumzi says:

    Onyango has no more injured. Bt Pitso can’t take out Mweene coz he is paying him of he is his son. Coz Onyango was at d bench for dose two pass games he even warm-up against Wits when Mweene was injured bt dey keep madala Mweene on poles again.

  9. Eddie says:

    Developing for other teams I guess,Pitso will never field any of these boys ,he will rather go buy some random player then put him on the stands

  10. Evidence says:

    Let us hire coaches who believe in youth. The coaches who hv a track record of groomin young sters while winning silver wears..Mngqithi , Ertugral papic, we can hire a coach who believe in young sters even 4rm brazil

  11. Steve says:

    90% of this youth wont make to professional level as long as they are with Sundowns.Mr Motsepe wise up and get rid of this unprofessional guys at the club .You need to guard your well spend investment before is too late ntate.

  12. lusindiso says:

    How can pitso let ngonyama go ,I don’t believe this

  13. Sn sibuyi says:

    Pitso must start using our development players.I don’t Understand you guys complaing about which player the coach shu field.Leave the job to Pitso.He is de one to decide.Please masandawana

  14. Khaya says:

    My 10 year old nefew is an aspiring soccer player he is playing good football at our local football club he needs to be mentored by the professionals, what i want to know is how does one needs to do to join the sundowns football academy?

  15. Alex says:

    Dear Reader
    I have got a child who is 12 years of age, he likes soccer and its his dreams to play for Sundowns FC however could you please provide me the necessary information that I should follow so that his dreams should be fulfilled.
    Will appreciate any response
    Alex (0719073374)

  16. sandile ntuli says:

    i am 16 years old am a soccer player .I want to know and how I to register in your academy . reply

  17. Mxolisi says:

    I just want to join sundawns im a soccer player i can play defending midfeid 22 of age, hight 1.86 m tall physical fit mantel fit i can command during game time, call me 0767797626

  18. REEN NGOVENI says:

    I love to play with you

  19. Evidence says:

    We want 2 hear more about our team

  20. nathi says:

    please I need to put my boy in to your development

  21. Evidence says:

    Tell us who’s coaching u17 our u15 and u13

  22. Lorraine says:

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  23. Im gud in soccer i lyk to ply professiona bcs if i culd nt ply at prfsnl my talent ‘ll be gone

  24. I am good player i like to play professional because i am talented

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  26. I am dangerours play sign me

  27. Evidence says:

    Plz tell us abt de latest news of the developmen

  28. Evidence says:

    Tell us about our u19, our u17. Tell us more coz we know nothing abt our team

  29. Donvan says:

    My name is Donvan from Limpopo and am 15 years i do like to play for U15 academy so please if you have an opeaning tirals please let me know 0717655785/0799358459