National First Division side Cape Umoya United only start pre-season training next week, but the club’s head coach Dominic Isaacs was hard at work on Monday already, as Umoya hosted open trials at their Pinelands base.

Hundreds of hopeful young footballers descended on the training ground in Cape Town hoping to impress Isaacs, who admits he is looking forward to start training next week after almost two months on the sidelines.

While some contracts are still in negotiations, Isaacs says they will only be retaining about 14 players of their squad from last season, and those names will be confirmed at the end of the month.

With that in mind, Isaacs says he is holding these open trials, as he feels there are so many footballers who do not get opportunities such at these in Cape Town.

The former Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs defender explains what he is looking for from these players on trial.

With hundreds trying out like their luck on Monday, and hundreds more expected during the week, Isaacs says it is also eye-opening to see how many people are looking for an opportunity, and those currently employed should take nothing for granted. – Report by Rob Delport