The Free State International Football Program kicked off with success as the Feyenoord Academy coaches identified their three top youth players who will be attending a week long training camp with in Rotterdam with the Feyenoord Academy.
The players, Kutlwano Ntholeng from Mangaung (15 years), Thabang Thoabala from Mangaung (15 years) and Dumisani Milanzi from Bethlehem (15 years) showed promise as the coaches assessed players according to skill and strength. Age also played a factor in the selection.
Retired Nigerian International and Feyenoord striker, Michael Obiku, while impressed with depth of talent in the Free State found that the players “peers [by age 17] at the international level were already seated with professional contracts with few having been exposed to the World Cup.”
The Mayor of Ngwathe Local Municipality, Ms Joey Mochela was on hand to announce the winners. She also emphasised the role of football in society, “Football plays a vital part in youth development, it assists young people to be focused and destructive them from activities such as drugs and crime.” The event took place in Parys during the second of week of October as an initiative between Simsport International, Feyenoord and the Free State Tourism Authority.