Thursday, June 28, 2018
NGANATHI Lose from Star of India Football Club, 16, and Juliano Botha from Pefferville United, also 16, were given an official send-off by East London Central Local Football Association on Saturday at the North End Stadium before jetting off to the Barcelona Youth Club Tournament in Spain.
Botha, a pupil at John Bisseker Secondary School and Lose of Alphendale Secondary were excited about the event that kicked off in Barcelona today.
IThe technical team is being led by Darian Hendricks, and EL Central LFA vice-president Vuyo Lambodla. They will be assisted by Lass Voges, a qualified German volunteer.
Hendricks said both players underwent an intensive selection process, in consultation with North End-based clubs. They will join the Northern Areas Local Football Association, that sends players to Barcelona annually to the Youth Club tournament.
“The two players, along with other soccer players from the rest of the country, were in Cape Town yesterday travelling to Doha, Qatar, en-route to Barcelona,” Hendricks said.
He said as an independent Local Football Association (LFA), they were proud to mould young footballers into potentially world class players.
“We continue to mould the youth, so that they get the best opportunities. “We will work as hard as we can to make sure that we get these opportunities for the young players.
Lambodla said: "I am extremely excited that our development has reached a stage where we can send players to play in Barcelona against teams from all over the world".
He said the LFA had raised funds with the help of a very generous donation of R4500 from Pefferville Primary School. The tournament runs from today to July 7
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