The KZN Academy is known for scouting, nurturing and giving young players opportunities to become professional players.
One such player is Portugal-based striker Reagan Marais who turns out for third-tier side Pinhalnovense.
The 20-year-old from KwaZulu Natal recalls how he ended up moving abroad two years ago.
“It started at KZN academy. I was scouted by them, groomed and given the right support system for years,” Marais recalls.
“Two years ago we went on tour to Portugal and it was basically a chance to land a contract overseas that was the point of it and when we came here I performed to the standards that they wanted so I was offered a deal to stay and play here.”
“At the begin, it wasn’t easy but now that I’ve settled, my goal for next season is to play every game and perform at my best level and score as many goals as possible to help my team,” he added.
Reflecting on his season which he spent the second half on loan at Monte Trigo, the striker feels he did well before the coronavirus pandemic forced football into a halt.
The 2019/20 season was a bit different. I went on loan halfway through the season playing 6 games and scored 4 goals so I would say it was good until the corona situation happened and everything stopped and could not complete the season with my loan club, so now all the focus shifts back to my parent club.”
FARPost will be keeping tabs on the striker’s progress in Portugal as he looks to go up the system and make it to the top division to play amongst the elite players in the country.
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By Prince Sobayeni