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Sundowns scouts swoop in to have a look at local soccer talent

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The scouts had, over a two-day period, observed several teams and players taking part in regular league fixtures of the Sol Plaatje LFA.

Mamelodi Sundowns FC talent scout Russel Molefe spotted at the AR Abass Stadium recently. Picture: Neville Motlhabakwe

TALENT scouts from Mamelodi Sundowns stopped over to watch a few matches of the Sol Plaatje Local Football Association (SPLFA) which were played in a biosafe bubble at the AR Abass Stadium in Square Hill Park over the weekend.

Russel Molefe, one of six talent scouts at the Chloorkop club was the guest of honour of the LFA last weekend. He was accompanied by local Sundowns scout asset Deluxe Morekisi.

Mamelodi Sundowns were in the news of late as its former president the mining billionaire Patrice Motsepe was recently elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). As CAF president Motsepe will automatically be one of the deputies in Fifa, the world football controlling body.

Molefe and Morekisi had over a two-day period observed several teams and players taking part in regular league fixtures of the LFA. The local football organisation had as of this month restricted matches to three biosafe venues in Kimberley where up to four games are played at a time.

Mamelodi Sundowns FC talent scouts Russel Molefe (left) and Deluxe Morekisi seen at the AR Abass Stadium over the weekend observing LFA teams in action. Picture: Neville Motlhabakwe

Molefe emphasised that the scout visitation to the province was part of their routine at Sundowns. “This is me looking for talent for the academy as well as the senior team. It is not my first time here (Kimberley),” he told the DFA.

Molefe declined to disclose the general criteria they apply in identifying potential talent for the Sundowns academy. “I can’t tell you that now, it’s a secret. But if we do spot someone we are interested in we extend an invite to that player and we do a thorough assessment of his potential at our base.

“The aspects we are interested in involves both on the field performance as well as off the pitch issues.”