In an effort to produce more quality footballers that transition from the Academy to the Senior Team, Mamelodi Sundowns has made an imperative changes and restructured the Development Academy which will see more youngsters and teenagers playing in the Diski Team.
The Diski Team players are now training at Chloorkop and will receive all necessary support as the club’s most important transition team between the first team and the academy.
With an average of 19 year olds from the previous average of 21, The Diski Team, which played its first match in the DStv Diski Challenge (DDC) on Saturday against the defending champions, SuperSport, is Coached by Sinethemba Badela.
Coach Themba, who is renowned for his tactical acumen and attractive style of play, is assisted by Michael Manzini who was the Coach of the U/19 and won the Engen Tournament. In the finals of the tournament, the opposition was Coached by Phuphu Mohlaba and he joins the Diski Team as an assist Coach, bringing experience of coaching the youth and analysis. Tshepo Makgata, remains as the Goalkeeper Coach of the team.
Tasked with producing the next crop of talent from the U/19 Team to Diski Team, Coach Surprise Moriri will play a key role in managing and monitoring the players from U/19 that can be promoted to the Diski Team.
Coach David Notoane is now the Head of Transition and will oversee the transition of players in the different Academy structures, including Diski and U/19.
His role includes the recommendation and monitoring of pipe line players between the different structures. In an effort to not only produce talented players, the team will ensure that the players get the necessary support for their schooling and tutoring needs.
Coach David, with the help of everyone, will link up with the different departments including nutrition and physical training of the players.
The Mamelodi Sundowns Academy enters an exciting period and the elite team, Diski, has recruited a new team that is in an integration phase.