“I’ve worked hard so far, and the scouts and coaches watch your every move. It will be more intense during the play-off on Friday, and I must keep control of my game.
All these players selected are very good, and I am now truly competing against some of the best from around the world,” said Melusi Zulu, the 16 year old from Soweto.
Charlie Tsotetsi has demonstrated a great fighting spirit since the local trials in South Africa in early June and has carried this spirit into the global competition.
“I have to keep focused. The conditions are against me as it is very hot here, but I really want to impress the coaches as I believe in myself and my potential.”
Tsotetsi is from Heidelburg, and travelled two hours one way, for each of the
three-day local trials in Johannesburg. “I can relate to David Luiz, as I also come from a very poor family, and I know that football can change my life. This is my chance to make the change.”
After the whittling down of players from 55 000 to last 16, they will form The Chance 2012-2013 team who will tour against the best youth academies including Manchester United, Juventus, and the US National Youth Team over an intense four weeks in early 2013.