Zimbabwe’s Simon Solobala could have done enough to convince AC Milan’s junior coaches to sign him after a successful one-week-long camp with the Italian giants.
Solobala (10) is one of the three boys who went to Italy last week to take part in the AC Milan Junior camp that attracted kids from around the world.
The other players who were afforded the lifetime opportunity after being spotted by AC Milan Junior Programme technical director Fabrizio Bobbiesi in August are Marwin Mudzuka (14), and Anesu Fensi (13).
The trio jetted back into the country on Tuesday. And while all three players received reviews, it is Solobala who seemingly took Italy by storm and could soon realise his dream of playing his football in Europe.
World Wide Scholarships (WWS), who initiated the trip, yesterday revealed to NewsDay Sport that the Kuwadzana 4 Primary school Grade 5 student Solobala was named the player of the tournament in the Under-11 age group.
The pint-sized Solobala also received the golden boot award after scoring an incredible six goals from five games that were played in successive days.
For his efforts, Solobala received a floating trophy. WWS said AC Milan showed great interest in the player and have promised to contact them in a few days.
Richard Solobala, Simon’s guardian, said he was very excited about his nephew’s achievement.
He has high hopes that Simon will make the great move to Europe.
“We are very happy; the boy has made us and the whole country proud. We just hope all the boys who went there will be selected. It would be a big achievement for the whole nation.
It would benefit the families and most importantly the country. From the reports we got from Italy, the boys did extremely well and we will continue to pray that they get selected,” he said.