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Jackson backs deaf striker to reach PSL level

Highlands Park’s MultiCoice Diski Challenge coach Willem Jackson believes deaf striker Simo Jiyane stands an equal chance of making it to the PSL as other players.

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Jiyane, who once represented South Africa at the Deaf Olympics, has now opted to play football instead.

According to Orlando Pirates legend Jackson, the former sprinter has a great future in the sport.

“Ja you know mos he is deaf, and he knows what he wants and how we want to play,” Jackson tells KickOff.com.

“If I want something different I can explain to him what I want him to do. But if I talk to the whole team you know I make sure that he can see my lips because he can lip-read. And I make sure he can see what I’m trying to say you know, if he doesn’t understand he will come ask me.

“His role is simple, he is a striker and I’ve got a board, I show him on the board what I want from him, where I want him to go when we have the ball, when we don’t have the ball, he knows what is his job.

“You know as long as he understands what we want that’s not a problem, he is very clever. Before every game I explain to the match officials about his condition and some of them are also surprised.

“You know as long as he understands what we want that’s not a problem, he is very clever. Before every game I explain to the match officials about his condition and some of them are also surprised.

“He’s an exceptional player, I like his movement off the ball, he is very fast. So I also tell my players that when we have the ball just to check his runs.”

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