The backbone of a modern football club is their investment in development and Aces have quietly been focusing their efforts on this key area.
When their PSL franchise was sold, it left a huge void with the existing successful academy structures - all of which are based in Linksfield.
The Greek Sporting club, where Alex Aces are based, have won numerous awards for their facilities and have five fields all under floodlights.
Aces have had a lengthy 8 year relationship and not only have their own academy structures but are supportive of the Greek clubs vast youth program which includes some 450 kids kitted out in Aces kits, playing from U5 in every age group up to U19.
Aces got the ball rolling by tying up with the iconic Manchester City who initially were the regional school of football partner. Last year they fielded the largest amount of teams in the SAFA Gauteng Academy League and won two of the two of the four divisions (U13's and U17's).
The current season is winding down with one match to play and Aces have already again won two leagues (U13's and U15's) while the U17's are looking to end 3rd.
Last season was a real breakthrough year for our development with four players that were in the system becoming regular 1st team players. Judas Moseamedi had an outstanding season and was rewarded with a selection to the Rio Olympic team, while Aubrey Modiba has now become a household name. Both Thabo Nodada and Nana Akosah-Bempah are expected to get regular game time at Cape Town City.
Notwithstanding the above four players, another twelve academy players got regular game time in the Aces Diski team.
We were delighted when 11 year old Michael Schultz, who played in our Aces Academy U13's, was spotted by John Barnes and made a historic trip for trials with Liverpool last year.
With Alexandra Black Aces' last minute return to division two football, ten players from our development form part of Steve Barkers newly assembled team!
And what is fairly interesting is that a large chunk of all of Aces academy teams are players residing in the nearby Alexandra.
Alex Aces are now in advanced plans to formalise relationships with the SAFA Northriding (Alex) existing youth divisions and are also planning to shortly announce some other crucial relationships involving youth in the township.
Coach Steve Barker whose primary aim is to mentor and focus on the first team, will also head up the academy structures while keeping an eye on any aspiring quality players in the Corinthians set-up.
The armchair critic's need to take a look at our local clubs development set-up's and at what investment this takes to sustain a structured program.
While we do not profess to be the best (although we certainly rival others), the Aces academy is definitely the largest (probably in Africa) and the Morfou brothers should be complimented for continueing their support for youth football.