Cape Town Spurs have announced that long-serving scout Luis De Faria is set to retire at the end of September, after joining the club in the early 1990’s.
De Faria has been an important cog in the recruitment wheel of young players with both Cape Town Spurs and Ajax Cape Town.
His uncanny ability to spot special talents from a tender age has seen many youngsters rise to superstar status time and again, often as young as seven or eight years old.
No matter the distance needed to travel, no matter the weather conditions, De Faria would always be spotted at a youth game somewhere in the Western Cape, searching for the next big star.
His commitment to football is unrivalled, as his sole drive for success is purely based on the love of the game. His reward was never for monetary reasons but simply for the fact that one day, he could see a player develop and make it to the club’s first team.
De Faria is well known for his generosity in taking personal care of youngsters that he would recruit from disadvantaged backgrounds. Not only would he personally transport his latest recruits to Ikamva, but also to ensure that the player would have something good to eat before heading out for trials.
The Cape Town Spurs board and management will be hosting a farewell lunch for De Faria on Friday to thank him for his massive contribution to the club and to football as a whole.
“After much convincing from us, Luis finally accepted our invitation to host a function for him, to thank him and to acknowledge his contribution to our club and to Cape Town football “ CEO, Alexi Efstahiou stated.
“Luis will be sorely missed, as he is such a big part of our club. Although Luis may not be at the club on a daily basis, he has agreed to be called upon whenever the club need him to perform a recruitment function on an ad hoc basis “ added Efstathiou.
De Faria, will be awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership by the club.