Crowie returns from Germany


The Santos legend was in Germany courtesy of the South African Football Association (Safa) and the German Football Federation, who organises the courses annually.

Every year, Safa sends two locals to Germany to receive updates on the latest football developments in the world.

Crowie hails the international classes and adds that he is grateful for the opportunity to upgrade his coaching prowess.

“The courses were an eye opener…highly educative and informative. They dwelt on the scientific aspect of the game, such as nutrition as well as discipline, which I believe, are aspects that are overlooked, to an extent, locally.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that was presented to me to attend,” he says of the courses that were held in Hennef.

The former Bafana Bafana player intends to put the theory into practice.

“I learnt a lot in Germany and the knowledge I picked up would not be relevant if I do not utilise it to benefit the junior teams and I am confident that it will do just that,” he adds.

The former Bafana and Santos’ multi-award winning striker is one of the finest players of his era, having won the South African Soccer Federation Player of the Year, SA Footballer of the Year, and Players’ Player of the Year in the early 1990s.

After guiding Santos, where he holds the goalscoring record (19 goals in 1991), to the topflight in 1996, he has worked his magic in the club’s development side that has produced such talent as Wayne Arendse, Erwin Isaacs and Eleazar Rogers.