Ajax Cape Town First Team player, Shane Saralina, has shared some insight into the Bayhill Premier Cup – ahead of the 2017 edition which officially kicks-off at Erica Park in Belhar on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old, who led the Urban Warriors to a runners-up finish at the famous youth tournament last year, has since gone on to break into the Premier Soccer League (PSL) squad at the Parow-based club.
“It was a great feeling [playing in the Bayhill], I just want to wish all the Ajax Cape Town players good luck for the tournament; it will be a good tournament because there are some good teams that will participate,” Saralina told the SABC.
“Just for the players, keep your head up, try your best.
The fullback added that 2001 Bayhill champion and current Urban Warriors teammate, Nathan Paulse, inspired him 12 months ago and he is now hoping to do the same for those looking to follow in his footsteps into the senior team.
“Definitely was a big motivation, Nathan spoke to me before the tournament. I was the captain and he encouraged me to lead the team, look where I am now, plus I was named Player of the Tournament,” he continued.
“There is good competition, but my day will come, I will continue to work hard to get into the line-up. Switching focus to the National U20 team, I would like to see my fellow teammates there – Darren, Grant, Aghmat, Sirgio…the World Cup is just around the corner.
Moreover, Saralina highlighted the importance on focusing on oneself as hundreds of professional hopefuls descend on Belhar.
“Don’t worry about the other people, work hard, don’t think about the scouts that are potentially there, play your own game, focus on yourself and you will benefit from that,” he concluded.