Monday 03 September 2018 14:00GMT [CWSN] Student Lwazi Hlangu

The KwaZulu Natal academy helped seven players get overseas contracts in their 2018 European tour.

Having helped no less than nine (9) boys from disadvantaged backgrounds to play overseas since it’s inception in 2014, the academy once again facilitated the dream of 7 players of playing overseas.

The team was attending it’s second annual International Tour in Portugal, when 7 boys were plucked by Portugese teams. We are excited and encouraged by the news! It shows us that we are on the right track and gives us the drive to work even harder! We are all proud of the players wish them the best of luck, said Vilakazi.

The academy, a brainchild of Carlos Catalino and Gugu Marawa, first came into national and international recognition in 2014 with their flagship tournament; the Durban U19 International football tournament.

It was unfortunately cancelled last year when sponsors, including ethekwini municipality and the South African Football Association (SAFA), pulled out their funds.

The academy’s impact in the Durban U19 tournament, on and off the field, however, made it
easier to find European partners willing to work with them and thus the International Tour was
born.