Calcutta, Aug. 24: If all goes well, the city will have an academy in collaboration with an international sports management group and on the lines of South Africa’s Transcon Sports School of Excellence around April next year.
The project took roots during the IFA XI’s recent tour of South Africa when fruitful discussions took place between the state association officials and the South African counterparts.
According to the understanding reached between the two parties, Samuel Mbata —chief coach of the South African academy — will also be in charge of the city project. According to a well-placed source, Mbata will visit the city in November to discuss the nitty-gritties of the new academy.
To begin with, 25 boys in the age-group of 12 to 17 years will be selected for the residential programme. There will be a chief coach and two assistants.
These boys will be trained in the city for six months and will visit South Africa for a period of three months. They will be off soccer for the remaining three months.
It was also learnt that tenders inviting sponsors for the new academy have already been put out.