It’s time for the youngsters of the beautiful game to realise their dreams when the Bayhill Premier Cup kicks off today.
After experiencing some problems with the pitch conditions that cast doubts on whether the tournament will be played at traditional home Erica Park this year, the games are set to go ahead.
The Bayhill has been the breeding ground of some of South Africa’s best players.
The likes of Benni McCarthy, Steven Pienaar, Thulani Serero and lots more have cut their teeth in Belhar.
And the 29th edition of the prestigious U19 showcase promises to be a massive stage for Cape Town’s biggest clubs.
Seven-time champions Ajax Cape Town will be looking to add to their record haul of titles.
Under experienced Serbian coach Vladislav Heric, the likes of Sirgio Kammis and Luthando Mateza, who both have top-flight game experience, and the club’s latest Ajax Amsterdam trialist Sonwabile Mfecane will be looking to show that they are ready to step up.
Cape Town City, meanwhile, will be looking to show that they have the knack of picking up the best of the local talent in the Mother City.
With the senior side currently top of the PSL, Duncan Adonis, Taariq George and Safwan Hendricks will look to blossom with assistant Brent Carelse and development coach Ian Taylor.
Adonis is progressing quickly, with PSL and Amajita experience under the belt.
Milano United’s kids will be looking to make a good fist of it with defending champions SuperSport United’s academy in their Group A.
There will also be a moerse test for Vasco da Gama who face PSL giants Orlando Pirates in Group E where Highlands Park also lie in wait.
2015 winners Glendene United will be hoping their crop of youngsters can challenge Diski Challenge winners Mamelodi Sundowns in Group F action.
CUP VETERAN: Sirgio Kammies
GIVING BACK: City coach Brent Carelse
AJAX MENTOR: Vladislav Heric
CITY SLICKER: Taariq George
BIG THINGS: Luthando Mateza