Three budding football stars from the Free State had their skills fortified during the Copa Coca-Cola Future Stars Camp. The trio, Gontse Manya, Kabelo Modukanele and Sthembiso Chalete completed week-long training on improving their football skills at the High-Performance Centre in Pretoria. The camp was held from 23 to 28 October.The three were part of a group of 15 players from across South Africa chosen on merited performance during the Copa Coca-Cola u.15 schools’ tournament. The players were chosen by retired footballers, Simba Marumo and Jabulani Mendu. The two selectors chose the best 15 players during the finals of the competition, staged annually to advance the development of football. The purpose was to enable the players to experience a high-quality training and development programme offered by some of the country’s highly experienced players. The skills-development initiative was introduced as part of nurturing prospective football stars. Thabang Mazibuko, spokesperson, said training provided the players with important skills.“Training provided the boys’ a number of important life skills and educational sessions to ensure that the players are holistically developed footballers and one day become role models,” he said.During the programme, top players playing for top teams in the Premier Soccer League also shared their knowledge with the group of 15 budding stars. These include Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana midfielder Hlompho Kekana and Supersport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane. The pair had an in-depth discussion with the players on what it takes to become a professional footballer.