Villarreal CF in partnership with La Liga will be providing an opportunity of a lifetime for one promising youngster competing at the ongoing U-20 Cosafa Championships in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The Player of the Tournament at the zonal preliminary competition – qualifiers for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) will receive a special La Liga ‘experience’, where they will be hosted by Villarreal and get the chance to train with the club’s academy team.
The star of the regional competition will also have a meet-and-greet with the first team, a tour of the club’s world-class training facilities, and the club’s legendary Estadio de la Cerámica home, as well as, Covid-19 dependent, take in a Villarreal CF fixture in La Liga.
“Seeing one of our members offering to African players the chance to get such a special trip, makes us extremely happy,” said La Liga’s Southern Africa Manager Marcos Pelegrin.
“This will not only be a great technical experience but an even better personal experience. Being exposed to different cultures helps one’s own development, and we are also positive that Villarreal’s staff will learn from the player too.”
The best player will be chosen by the Cosafa Technical Study Group at the tournament, in what is a wonderful opportunity to see the level required to be a professional in Europe’s top leagues.
The Yellow Submarine are coached by Unai Emery and are currently third in La Liga.
Already La Liga will provide Spanish football experiences for four young stars from the recently completed COSAFA Men’s and Women’s Under-17 Championships that were also held in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Zambians Joseph Banda and Tisilile Lungu, and South Africans Mduduzi Shabalala and Jessica Wade, will also travel to Spain next year.
“We are very proud of our partnership with La Liga Santander and thank them for the incredible opportunities they are providing to our young players in the region,” said Cosafa General Secretary Sue Destombes says.
“We must send our gratitude as well to Villarreal CF for the platform they are providing for one of our Under-20 stars. The knowledge the player will gain in their week at the club will no doubt be invaluable in their professional careers.
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