One of six SA youth players in Europe
Port Elizabeth-born Khanyisa Mayo has been sent by SuperSport United as one of six youth players for trials in Europe following last week’s signing of Jake Aresti, 16, by PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands‚ Matsatsantsa chief executive Stan Matthews said.
These included Khanyisa Mayo‚ son of former Bafana Bafana and SuperSport striker Patrick Mayo‚ at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, he said.
Left wing Mayo, 17, won player of the tournament and the golden boot playing for the SA U20 side at the Durban International U19 tournament earlier this month‚ and played in the Fifa U17 World Cup in Chile last year.
“I think it’s awesome‚” Matthews said of Aresti’s being signed at Zwolle‚ the club where former SuperSport product Kamohelo Mokotjo starred in 2013-14.
“As we stand, five of my players have been invited to Europe on trial.
“[Midfielder] Zama Rambuwane is in Portugal and headed for Israel.
“He has had two opportunities and is going to see which one appeals to him‚ and if it’s possible for him to go.
“If not‚ we have struck a deal with Pretoria University FC for him to play there‚ because we feel now is the time for him to have game time.
“Jake Aresti has been offered something in the Netherlands‚ and we’re very exited for him and his family about his prospects in European football.
“Khanyisa Mayo has been invited to Sporting Lisbon on trial.
“We have another trial opportunity for him at another Portuguese club if that doesn’t work out.
“I expect Khanyisa will have a real chance of going to Europe shortly.
“If not‚ we’ve spoken to him and his dad‚ and have a domestic fall-back plan for him.
“But I think it’s inevitable‚ with the talent that he has‚ that he’s going to land up abroad.
“As a club we’ll do everything we can to help him achieve that goal‚ even if it means he never kicks a ball for SuperSport United.
“We’ve got five kids from our academy who are going to be going on trials in the next three months. “It’s a very exciting phase for us. “And it’s not important that they all make it now – they’re all young and all have time on their side.
“Kamohelo Mokotjo went to Feyenoord 17 times before [being] signed [there].
“Kermit Erasmus went [there] 12 times before he was signed, so it’s a long process.
“We’re not putting any pressure on our players – we’re just proud we’re producing them.”