Thousands flock to Downs trials24/Jun/2013 12:33
More than four thousand four hundred hopefuls descended on Chloorkop with the hope of getting the nod for a place in Mamelodi Sundowns’ youth structures.
The open trials, which were conducted over two days over the weekend, saw children from all over the country arriving, accompanied by parents or youth coaches who followed the proceedings with great interest.
The boys were put through rigorous sessions, and were judged on technical and tactical acumen, discipline, performance under pressure and general skill. They were divided into small groups to give the coaches a chance to give them a look over.
At the end of the day on Sunday, the Sundowns youth coaches were faced with the tough task of selecting only 21 youngsters, who still have to undergo a boot camp at which they have to further impress before they can be considered for the Academy.
“It is always a difficult task when you see so many boys hoping to make it into any team. We know some of them will develop into good players, and wish them all the best. They should not give up – this is all part of the growing up in the game,” said Sam Mbatha.