Johannesburg, Tuesday, 29th November 2011 – The winners of the Future Players Gauteng soccer identification programme for 2011 are getting ready to jet off to Brazil from December 1-10 for a football experience and training with two of the biggest clubs in the South American country.
Chadwin Jacobs (Coronationville), Anthony Gordinho (Benoni) and Siyabonga Khuzwayo (Vosloorus), as well as Future Coaches winner Bjorn Dearman, will spend a week in the southern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, where they will train with the youth academies of top-flight clubs FC Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro.
The trio finished in the top three positions out of the 70 participants that contested the final stage of the Future Players Gauteng earlier this year. The final phase was the conclusion of a four-month skills assessment campaign of over 10 000 players from Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg Central, Motsweding, Sedibeng, West Rand and Tshwane regions.
The overall winner and youngest contestant, Jacobs, is a midfielder who is currently playing with Florida Albany Football Academy. The 14-year-old’s greatest weapon is his fantastic delivery from wide areas, and his left foot is a striker’s delight as he provides accurate crosses into the middle.