Local football stars impress

2017-05-10 06:00
From the left are Lerato Ranthimo, Faustiano Simons (development coach of Barcelona) and Reaboka Tseki. Lerato and Reaboka participated in this year’s Copa Jordi International Youth Tournament in Spain, hosted from 14 to 17 April. Photo: Supplied

From the left are Lerato Ranthimo, Faustiano Simons (development coach of Barcelona) and Reaboka Tseki. Lerato and Reaboka participated in this year’s Copa Jordi International Youth Tournament in Spain, hosted from 14 to 17 April. Photo: Supplied

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Two local rising football stars, Reaboka Tseki and Lerato Ranthimo, impressed at an international junior football tournament in Spain recently.

They were part of a junior boys’ squad of 20 from South Africa that participated in this year’s Copa Jordi International Youth Tournament, staged in Blanes, Spain, from 14 to 17 April.

The participating countries included South Africa, France, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark.

Reaboka is of the University of the Free State (UFS) and Lerato is a Gr. 12 learner of the Brebner High School.

Lerato played as a goalkeeper and Reaboka as an infield player. They both featured in all matches, proving they have what it takes.

Part of their programme included playing two preparatory matches against local clubs in Barcelona.

Reaboka is excited that he managed to score two goals in the friendly games, with Lerato managing to keep a clean sheet in official matches against Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The South African boys’ team achieved a second place, with France taking gold.

Lerato and Reaboka were selected based on their individual merited performances during the u.19 junior high schools tournament staged last year at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

The once-in-a-life-time tour to Barcelona afforded them an opportunity to fine-tune their football skills, that include tactical ability in pursuit of the dream to play professionally.

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