Phakaaathi Reporter
Football writer
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27 Nov 2015
4:06 pm

SuperSport trio invited for trials in Holland

Phakaaathi Reporter

Three SuperSport United academy players have been invited for trials by Holland side PEC Zwolle.

Nelson Maluleke, Safwan Hendriks and Jake Aresti will leave South Africa this weekend to take part in trials at Zwolle.

Maluleke captained South Africa’s Under-17 team at the World Cup in Chile, where Amajimbos were knocked out in the group stages of the tournament and the captain believes it is important to stay positive ahead of the next challenge.

“I believe in never giving up – to keep playing and trying, to train harder and longer. I will give it my all at the trials,” said Maluleke.

Hendriks, who is 15 years old and plays for United’s under-17 team, has tongues wagging in his favour when he featured for Matsatsantsa in the finals of the 2015 Engen Cup. He is delighted with the opportunity to train abroad and is hopeful of a permanent stay.

“I still cannot believe that I will be going overseas on a two week trial. I’m living my dream and I hope that I can really shine in Holland.”

SuperSport United Academy manager, Giancarlo Ballossini highlights the importance of young players having an opportunity to train overseas.

“This is pivotal in the next stage of development. Phumelela help us scout and develop these players now it’s up to us to expose them onto the world’s leading stages.

“Overseas travel serves both as an educational tool as well as a way for players to assess for themselves the level of opposition and where they need to be and what deficiencies to work on. This will be the first of many overseas tours for Academy players and acts as a motivation for other academy players as well.”