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Former Santos and Sundowns player Tyren Arendse praises Varsity Football

Former Santos and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Tyren Arendse has applauded the work Men’s Varsity Football has done in building young players. The 42-year-old says there are a lot of talented players in Varsity Football who could end up in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

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The Elsie's River-born former player is currently working with the Cape Town Spurs Youth Development and believes the work to ensure the players make it far lies in the standard of coaching they are getting.

"I think Varsity Football has been doing well, there are many players who graduated from Varsity Football to the PSL. I think it comes down to the coaching they get at university. For you to improve as a footballer you need to be in a proper structure.

"Like in the academies now, they have the most qualified coaches in the system, at least the information they are giving the youngsters comes from the understanding of the game.”

Arendse, who is passionate about football development, says what Varsity Football is doing gives younger players hope.

He says the fact that it is televised, means players get seen and can attract better opportunities for themselves.

"If you have good quality and qualified coaches in Varsity Football, I'm sure that can improve the standard of the game. And that will make it easy for the Varsity Football players to make a transition to the top in the PSL.

"To have Varsity Football is a good thing for South African football, it's on TV and it gives players the exposure they need. Players get to be seen and picked by scouts and they go all the way to the top through the Varsity Football system."

by Ayanda Frances Felem

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