10-year-old SA soccer player wants to show Chelsea ‘a thing or two’

2013-05-15 16:28

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It’s a big day for two young South African football enthusiasts, Mvelo Mvuleni (10) and Goitsemang Lengene (14).

The pair were put through their paces by top Chelsea Football Club youth coaches Steve Winnet and Oliver Woodall at the Cobham Training Centre in London.

And their hearts should be in their mouths with anticipation, because tomorrow they will rub shoulders with Chelsea’s top four players, Fernando Torres, Victor Moses, Juan Mata and Oscar who are the ambassadors of the Chelsea Dream The Blues Programme - the reason the two are in England this week.

Mvuleni, from Pietermaritzburg, and Lengene, from Pretoria, emerged tops out of 400 children who went through rigorous trials in South Africa in February to be here.

“I am happy to be here but a little nervous,” said Lengene, a Grade 6 pupil of Laerskool Akasia.

“But I am ready to show the other kids what I can do.”

Mvuleni, who is a Grade 5 learner at Forest Hill Primary, was more confident.

“I am not nervous at all,” he quipped. “I’ve been looking forward to this to show the people of England a thing or two.”

The two players from South Africa will join other children from all over the world at this week-long training session with Chelsea.

Nine youngsters attended the welcome dinner at the Cobham Hilton Hotel last night where they were treated to a display by soccer freestyler Francis Vu before being treated to a sumptuous dinner.

There might be a tinge of disappointment following Winnet’s declaration that this was not a talent scouting exercise.

“The aim of this programme is to afford children from around the world a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make friends, learn and show their passion,” he explained.

He added they hoped the children would take some lessons away that would last them a lifetime.

This is the first year of the programme, a joint venture between Chelsea and sponsor Samsung.

» S’Busiso Mseleku is in London courtesy of Samsung SA

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