Much like Ajax Cape Town in South Africa, AS Monaco in France, Southampton in England and many other clubs in world football, Swedish top division side Varbergs Bois is a club that bases its football principle on the development of young players.
FARPost explains why Varbergs Bois a good place for youngsters to start their journey into Europe.
The club has affiliations with academies all around the world with Right to Dream Academy in Accra being its most noticeable affiliate academy in the African continent so far.
South African youngster Keanin Ayer is a beneficiary of that system after the midfielder went through the Right to Dream Academy for six years before making a switch to Varbergs Bois 18 months ago which was his first step into Europe.
The good thing is that Varbergs Bois is a feeder club for Danish top division side FC Nordjaeland who are one of the top clubs in Denmark and regularly play in UEFA competitions which is a good platform for players to be scouted by top clubs in the world.
This system is the system that South African trio of Tashreeq Matthews, Keanin Ayer and Luke Le Roux are already part of and should things go well for them, their development will be grow steadily in the European network.
Tashreeq Matthews made his second start of the season this past weekend scoring his first senior goal for Varbergs as they drew 1-1 against IF Brommapojkarna in the Swedish Svenska Cupen while Keanin Ayer also played the whole game with compatriot Luke Le Roux only making the bench.
It is a very good start for them considering the regular season has not begun so cup games always give players the experience and good integration needed to do good in the long run.
Playing regular first team football at a very young age has benefited some of the world’s greatest players, with Varbergs’s strong belief in giving young players a chance the club is a good platform for any young player to start their journey overseas.
By Prince Sobayeni