Four FS soccer players off to Holland

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RUFUS BOTHA

The Free State Tourism Authority (FSTA) and Simsport International partnered a couple of years ago and this partnership has grown to such an extent that their Free State International Football Programme (FSIFP) is in the position to send four of the most talented Free State high school soccer players to Holland for an experience they will cherish for the rest of their lives.

The FSIFP has since 2014 partnered with one of Europe’s biggest soccer clubs, Feyenoord in Rotterdam. This club has won the best academy award in Holland five times in the last six years.

More than 100 players from all over the Free State were exposed to severe trials, battling it out for only four places to join the mentioned academy in Holland and it was no easy task for the two coaches from Feyenoord to select the four.

It did not come as much of a surprise when Tyron Mondi (Brebner) was named as one of the four. He recently returned from a one year scholarship at Bolton Warriors (England) where he impressed Bolton’s management to such an extent that it won’t come as a surprise if he is contracted to join Bolton after finishing his matric exams.

His matric exams pose a problem when he will join the group to Holland in September, but he told Courant: “I don’t see it as a major problem. My books are going with me and it will be a question of self dissipline and proper time management to study in between for my matric exams.”

A big achievement for soccer at Brebner is that Tyrone’s (striker) goalkeeper at Brebner, Lerato Ranthimo, was also selected as one of the four to show off their skills in Holland.

The other two players joining them deservedly are Bradwell Gouws (Motheo Region) and Bantu Chingi (Fezile Dabi).

The passionate soccer coach from the City of Roses, Mncedisi Ngomba was selected as the coach to join the mentioned four stars.