Kaizer Chiefs legend Brian Baloyi has signed a historic deal with LaLiga side Espanyol.
This comes after just two South African goalkeepers featured in the top seven DStv Premiership keepers this season.
Baloyi’s deal with the Spanish top flight side is set to benefit South Africa tremendously in terms of the future of goalkeeping in the country!
The Kaizer Chiefs legend, along with his new partners Espanyol, will unearth goalkeeping talent in the country.
AmaZulu’s Veli Mothwa and Stellenbosch’ Sage Stephens were the only South Africans ranked amongst the top seven in the league in terms of cleansheets.
More worrying though is the fact that there aren’t many young goalkeepers coming through the ranks with majority of the top flight clubs preferring foreign goalies.
“I’ve always wanted to have a goalkeeping academy.” the legendary Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper told SABC Sport.
“I spoke about this whilst I was still playing. We had plans with Rainer Dinkelacker even before moving to Sundowns.
“The plan was that one day we wanted to build a goalkeeper academy in South Africa. Even when I had just moved from Kaizer Chiefs to Sundowns.
“We had meetings with him, Itumeleng Khune, Thela Ngobeni and we wanted to start something.
“By that time, it wasn’t the right time, and right now I’ve just joined Espanyol. We’re launching Espanyol, the academy, in South AFRICA.
“I’ve just joined them as the head goalkeeper Coach. In the next two weeks we have goalkeeper trials and the academy itself has trials again at St Stithians in Sandton.
“But we’re looking at launching a fully functional training in mid-June. Before the end of June we want to be up and running.”