Ephraim ?Shakes? Mashaba has applauded SAB Breweries for the latest National Championships League which saw a host of talent on display and he believes the campaign ?is one of the best things in the country?.
The Western Cape ran out 3-2 winners against Mpumalanga in the final, on July 13, at the Coetzenberg Stadium in Stellenbosch.
Each region in South Africa was present in the tournament with the addition of a University club, USSASA, over the course of six days and it has only resulted in positive feedback.
?Let me start off by saying bravo to SAB. What a fantastic opportunity they have given the youngsters,? the former Bafana Bafana coach says.
?I normally say to people: ?Come and brace yourselves. Watch the ordinary do the extraordinary?. It was worth coming to stay here with the talent that I have seen. Unfortunately there is not enough time given to the boys to develop.
?I think the players themselves must be able to say thank you to SAB. With the scouts here I am sure some of the boys will land up in the PSL clubs. We will wait and see.?
The Under-23 South African coach says that the level and abundance of talent that was on show at the tournament would only give him a positive headache in choosing a national squad.
?I wouldn?t struggle if I had to select an 11 now for Under-23 squad. It would be simple. You can make one of the best teams out of these boys,? added Mashaba, who presented the Coach of the Tournament Award.
?What I liked about the players is that there was no pressure in what they were doing. They were enjoying the whole thing; they were playing and exerting themselves to the best of their ability.
?Of course, with time and with the right talent identification, the players will land in the right position/team. I think this is one of the best things that is happening [in the country]. We need more of these things to give the boys an opportunity.?