English Premier League champions, Chelsea, is one club that has a place in the hearts of millions of Africans. For a good number of years now, the club has been a springboard for the international careers of African footballers. Talk about players like Samuel Eto'o, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Solomon Kalou, and John Obi Mikel.
Chelsea is continuing in that affinity with Africa – this time by searching for new talent in South Africa.
BBC reports that coaches from the club are already on the ground to conduct trials in five South African cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, and Durban. In this initiative which Chelsea is carrying out in collaboration with the deodorant brand, Shield, the club is looking for talented South Africans who are 18 years or older – regardless of their gender.
Excited about discovering South African talent, Ian Woodroffe, international development manager at Chelsea FC Foundation, said:
“We know the country holds many players with a huge passion for football. This competition gives them the chance to demonstrate their passion and ability.”
The trials, which will run until September 30, will be aired on the country’s national television stations. Local coaches are also involved in the initiative as they will help choose the winner who will go on to train with Chelsea at their Cobham Training Centre in London.