JOHANNESBURG - A 16-year-old from Bleomfontein has been selected to be part of Bolton Wanderers International Academy.
Tyrone Mondi returned home on Wednesday from soccer trials in Manchester.
Mondi was selected out of hundreds of youngsters from across the globe to attend the international academy.
“It has not kicked in yet. The trust that the coach has shown in me is impeccable. It speaks volumes by itself and I would just like to give back to them. I want to thank my dad as well for coaching me. I want to make the most of this opportunity and grab it with both hands,” said Mondi.
Mondi said he has not told his parents yet about his massive achievement.
He credits hard work and single mindedness as the reason for his current success and hopes his dedication will see him achieving even bigger goals overseas.
“I have a small-term goal and that is to play for Bolton Wanderers at the moment. Then I will work my way up and progress. My big goal is to become the first South African player to win the Ballon D’or. To make my parents proud and excel overseas,” he said.
Mondi is now waiting for officials from the Bolton Wanderers Academy, to set the date for his dream journey to begin.