Three youngsters from Heidedal will be playing in the upcoming Copa Jordi International Youth Football Tournament, in Blanes, Spain, where the world’s best youth football players gather annually to show off their skills.
They’ll be playing just 75 km from the famous Nou Camp Stadium, home to footballing giants, Barcelona FC, on pitches in far better conditions than that of Heidedal’s Clive Solomon Stadium.
They hope to do enough here to catch the eye of some of the big-name scouts, and hopefully kickstart their own international footballing careers.
Zander Gatri (18), Eagan Vollenhoven (15) and Eagan van der Ross (17) attend Grey College in Bloemfontein.
During their school’s recent Nedbank Grey College Soccer Tournament for under 19s the three performed well enough to be included in the 30-member South African squad for the Copa Jordi tournament.
The three all play for Heidedal’s Ocean XI Football Club. According to their coach, former Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic player, Gary Goldstone, the boys all have what it takes to make it as professional footballers. –
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