Mamelodi Sundowns have announced earlier on Monday that they reached a historic agreement with the University of Pretoria -UP) and its Department of Sport (TuksSport).
Both parties have agreed on a five-year deal in order to enhance a collaboration which aims at improving football sector in South Africa through knowledge-sharing.
It also aims at providing training opportunities for the young and upcoming players in the country.
“Mamelodi Sundowns is always looking for technical and scientific ways to improve its performances and to be a globally competitive football club”, Sundowns president Dr Patrice Motsepe told the club’s official website.
“Although the club has achieved some great feats in the recent past, including winning the 2016 CAF Champions League, the African Continent’s highest honour; the 2017 CAF Super Cup, as well as in 2020 winning a record-breaking tenth Premier Soccer League title, there is still vast room for improvement in the club’s performances and methods
“We must continue to inspire hope. People are still optimistic toward the development and growth of the youth”, he added.
University of Pretoria’s Vice-Chancellor Tawana Kupe has also spoken about the deal by highlighting the challenges of this partnership.
“In the world of high-performance sport, building strategic relationships and partnerships is crucial. Through finding ways of developing mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships, sporting organisations, clubs and professional teams are able to seek new and exciting ways to solve old and current challenges”, he said.