Project Update - MPC/FAGA Goalkeeper Graduation Project
Date published: 22 March 2016 by Rischa Abrahams
A year has flown by so fast and we are nearing the culmination of another successful Goalkeeper Graduation project aligned to the Prestigious Metropolitan Premier Cup tournament for under-19's, affectionately known as "The Bayhill".
Goalkeepers chosen during the playoffs are privy to a specialised goalkeeper coaching programme until the week before the tournament proper kicks off over the Easter weekend. A group of ten goalkeepers will then be selected following various theoretical and practical sessions. The successful goalkeepers will be awarded their prizes at the tournament during the half time break of the cup final. FAGA will also again host coaching workshops on selected dates which will be open to all coaches interested in enhancing their acumen in football's most crucial position. The Graduation Project has proved a big hit among the participants in the playoffs and goalkeepers always motivated to impress once they spotted FAGA selectors doing their rounds during matches.
Success stories from last year:
Long serving FAGA members Bulelani Cola and Aviwe Ndzwangu signed professional contracts with Glendene United (Second Division) and Cape Town All Stars (NFD) respectively thus in a large way contributing to the upliftment of their families. Bulelani won the "Goalkeeper of the tournament" award at last year's MPC while Aviwe did well for Hellenic in the MPC and capped that with a brilliant week-long training stint with PSL glamour club Mamelodi Sundowns. They remain regular visitors to the academy so as to inspire those with similar aspirations within the FAGA ranks.
Shakeel Sadien who played for Battswood FC in the MPC secured a football/ study bursary and participation in the UWC Varsity championship winning squad and enjoyed excellent television exposure. He is set for a big future in the game.
Shaheen Abrahams who played as a guest player for Milano in last year's playoffs enjoyed week-long training stints with PSL giants Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits and by all accounts made a lasting impression with positive prospects ahead. He is determined to shine in this year's edition of the MPC.
Shakoor Moosa at 14 was one of the youngest ever MPC participants for host club Bayhill United at MPC 2015. He won numerous individual awards for best goalkeeper at tournaments and LFA level in 2015.
Daiyaan Abrahams set to participate in this year's MPC did FAGA proud by being named "Goalkeeper of the tournament" at the 2015 Engen under-17 event.
Brad Ayrton represented WP in last year's SAFA National tournament.
We are also proud to announce the wonderful elevation of 14-year-old Kaydee Windvogel to the national women's football set-up. Kaydee has been at FAGA since 8 years old and is in high demand for national youth team training camps as she is earmarked as a future Banyana Banyana goalkeeper. She was also offered a full-time study/training bursary at the world class Sports Science Institute in Pretoria and we wish her well on this exciting journey.
Furthermore in women's football, Shilene Booysen who was the top coach during the first ever FAGA goalkeeper coaching course conducted in partnership with the MPC back in 2004, and who also participated in last year's MPC/FAGA goalkeeper coaching course, has been included in the Banyana Banyana technical team currently preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil later this year.
In coaching, Emmanuel Mbango a member of FAGA for 11 years and a regular goalkeeper coach at the MPC was signed up by Motsepe League club Zizwe United who are contesting the promotion race to the National First Division, while Antonio Johnson who only joined FAGA two years ago was rewarded with the goalkeeper coaching job at high-flying Hellenic in the Motsepe League. Shivaan Sayed who took part in our MPC/FAGA goalkeeper coaching course and stayed on at FAGA to complete his coaching certification, was appointed as Ajax Cape Town's Multichoice Diski and U19 goalkeeper coach.
"FAGA members continue to make huge strides as players and coaches and we will endeavour to keep abreast and updated in the world arena in order to always provide quality service to the football community and beyond. Goalkeepers are a special breed and this partnership ensures that they are catered for by means of specialised training modules before and after the MPC tournament.
The Graduation project has become a useful tool to continue attracting new goalkeepers to take advantage of the specialised training and Life skills programmes. The majority of those goalkeepers who lose out on qualifying for the MPC tournament proper are only too happy to remain a part of a project aligned to the flagship event. And for them the possibility of being awarded "Top Ten" status on the day of the cup final in front of a huge crowd is a major bonus." FAGA Founder and Executive Director: Farouk Abrahams
"Farouk himself has been a part of the MPC since its inception and we enjoy a wonderful relationship. FAGA has in turn added value to the MPC by way of their commitment to empower and uplift the youth.". MPC Tournament Director: PJ Williams
"The MPC tournament has opened even more doors for our members by linking us with Andrew Sparkes, BPL Swansea City's Head of Academy Goalkeeping. Andrew was very impressed with our set up and curriculum based training programme. During his visit he donated much needed goalkeeper kits and gloves for our juniors. Andrew will be visiting us a week before this year's tournament to host a coaching clinic with our members. He has also invited several FAGA members to join him at an exhibition training session, as well as to hand over more goalkeeper kits and gloves during the upcoming Barclays Premier League event in Camps Bay.
We are extremely grateful to Metropolitan for renewing this exciting partnership, and for showing their unwavering commitment towards the development of our local players and a culture for positive social change." FAGA Chief Operations Officer: Rishca Abrahams.
"Metropolitan remains a proud supporter of this life enabling project and the great work that it achieves both for the sport, and the players." Metropolitan Head of Brand │Brand and Corporate Affairs: Llewellyn Allen.