Young midfielder speaks on his progress in Holland

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FARPost caught up with MVV Maastricht midfielder Pharrel Swarts to hear about how the Johannesburg-born teenager has been progressing in the Netherlands while going through the structures of the second tier side.

Swarts relocated with his parents to pursue a career abroad and has gone through the structures of several clubs before eventually signing with Maastricht three months ago.

Speaking about his early life in South Africa the 16-year-old explained where it all began. “Like any other kid I started playing football at the age of 7 with my schoolmates, I enjoyed it a lot. The following year at U-8 level I joined Randburg AFC where I played from the age of 8 until I was 13. I then decided to stop playing for a year to focus on my schooling,” he told this publication.

The left-footed playmaker also opened up about how he likes to play on the pitch citing ball distribution and controlling the game as his strengths. “My favourite position is playing as a central midfielder, I often receive the ball a lot and control the game.”

Swarts recently joined Maastricht from Belgium’s BMFA academy. “This is my third month at the club. I would say it’s been really busy we train from Monday to Thursday while playing matches on Saturdays and sometimes Tuesdays. It has also been challenging so I want to I work hard and make football a main priority in life,” he concluded.

Before moving abroad the midfielder played for Randburg FC, Pretoria Boys High and Rand Central LFA. He currently plays for the club’s U-18 side in the youth set up in Holland.

After moving to Netherlands the 16-year-old joined Scharn Voetbal Vereeniging which is where he was scouted by Maastricht who have brought him into the set up while working towards starting his professional career.

By Prince Sobayeni

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