CAPE TOWN - Former UWC Football goalkeeper Renaldo Leaner believes UWC can produce top players who can be a force to reckon with in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Leaner, now a DStv Premiership player, was one of Sekhukhune United's latest additions this season after signing a three-year deal from Maritzburg United. The 25-year-old is a product of Varsity Football having played for UWC and Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy.
"I’ve been watching UWC games and the player who impresses me the most is Riyaaz Koopstadt because he is very effective going forward with the ball," said Leaner.
"Most of the players can make it as a professional if they put in the work that’s required and by being disciplined on and off the field."
"UWC is capable of producing PSL players. Look at me, I'm an example of someone who played Varsity Football before and made it as professional and more players are professional level and have contracts who also played at UWC."
Leaner is a great example of a Varsity Football product who made it to the professional level. He played for Cape Town Spurs in the Motsepe Foundation Championship before joining Maritzburg United.
The Cape-born has thrown his advice to the UWC players. "Players have to keep working hard and trust the process and most importantly use the Varsity Cup as a platform to showcase their talent," he said. "UWC has very good facilities for any athlete and all the resources to produce top athletes.
The one thing I can say is that they have to invest in a more competitive league in Cape Town so players can play more at a higher level. He continued saying as a goalkeeper he has been also watching how UWC number goalkeeper Leathan Croats plays and believes he has potential.
"Leathan needs to stay grounded and just keep working hard and to use the Varsity Cup as a platform to showcase his talent," he adds.
"I worked with him before he had the quality to make it as a professional.
"Scouts should look more into Varsity Football because there is a lot of young talent that could make it into the PSL if given the opportunity.