A former Mamelodi Sundowns youngster was amongst four players who jetted out to Italy in hope of furthering their careers abroad.
Leo Mert, Jason Williams, Olebogeng Mathibedi and Jay Jay Kordom from Namibia all made their way to Tuscany in Italy this week, where they will be hoping to secure themselves professional contracts.
The quartet were selected as part of the Socca Dream Academy that is focused on getting some of Africa’s best talent into European sides thanks to their extensive connections abroad – particularly in Italy where CEO Aris Albetti has his roots.
The Siya crew was informed that the quartet have already gotten down to business and have featured in their first friendly match on European shores.
The idea, the crew understands, is to get the youngsters an opportunity to train with a number of teams in Italy, to increase their chances of exposure and ultimately, being signed.
The players are no strangers to Mzansi football, Mathibedi was formerly on the books of Sundowns juniors where he was signed from Clapham High, while Mert was the captain of the SuperSport United MDC team. Jay Jay Kordom was previously on the books of Orlando Pirates SC in Namibia.
It now remains to be seen if the quartet manages to impress Italian scouts and earn themselves moves abroad.
View images of Farouk Khan's top 15 signings of the transfer window: