By John Tuerijama
A mammoth task awaits the HopSol football outfit when the team debuts in the tenth edition of the popular Future Champions
Gauteng International Tournament scheduled for 19 to 24 March in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The football fiesta will showcase talented football players, who are expected to display mouth- watering football action, at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville.
Apart from the HopSol football team, two new debutants, La Liga’s Espanyol and Italy’s AC Reggiana will grace the event.
Responding to questions by Confidente this week, HopSol Football League Co-Founder, Collin Benjamin, said they will name the travelling squad today (Thursday).
“The plan is to reward players who were extremely outstanding during our maiden football season. Yes, that is the plan, to reward the hard workers.”
Asked to indicate players who were exceptional during the 2017 football season, the former TSV 1860 Munich defender said that there were one or two players that they thought went an extra mile but could not be drawn to disclose their names.
“They might just stop working hard and feel that they have made it. However, it is a general attitude in our society to be satisfied with little, they must continue working hard, as they haven’t achieved anything yet.”
On whether, HopSol league was endowed with talent, the former Brave Warriors midfielder said that thus far all the boys were displaying potential while some were very talented.
“They need to work very hard and go beyond their limits to beat their competitors. Talent without work means nothing but with hard work and attitude one can go far. We are underdogs, no question about that but we will do our best to leave a mark,” said Benjamin.
Asked about HopSol goalkeeper’s talent and whether they stand a chance of impressing talent scouts at the tournament, Benjamin said, “That was one of the goals we had when we started the youth league program. Competing on an international stage is valuable experience needed to nurture the available talent.
“Personally I am looking for the next Robert Nauseb, Razundara Tjikuzu, Eliphas Shivute or Ronny Kanalelo to put Namibia on the map in a foreign league.
We are in dire need of role models in soccer.”
Meanwhile, Espanyol Under-17 coach, Pol Garcia has been quoted as saying that they had been working hard to arrive in the best form at the tournament.
He said, “We are very happy to participate in this tournament and we will try to do our best and win as many matches as possible. For us it is a great experience, and we hope to complete a good tournament and enjoy this opportunity.
“Our players are very young but they have a lot of quality and I am sure that they will play well,” said Garcia.
The tournament will feature 12 teams.
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