Promising young football star Simon Solobala has been chosen as the captain for the Under-11 team which will participate in the AC Milan Continental Cup in Cleveland, Ohio, in the US from July 5-8.
World Wide Scholarships president Munya Maraire said the Italian giants had already agreed to cover Solobala’s travel expenses for his trip to the US.
“Simon Solobala has been chosen to participate in the AC Milan Continental Cup as Captain of the Under-11 Elite team. I am proud of Simon and know he will go all the way.
“He is truly an inspiration for Zimbabwe and the youths who are up and coming. AC Milan have agreed to cover all expenses for him to travel to the competition,” said Maraire.
Solobala was chosen from a field of more than 1 500 contenders at Churchill Boys’ High last year during the AC Milan Junior Trials programme run by World Wide Scholarships in partnership with AC Milan.
The 11-year-old Kuwadzana-born young star went on to impress AC Milan scouts during the junior camp in November last year and is now on the AC Milan Elite team.
He returned to the tournament with the golden boot award after scoring an incredible six goals from five games played on successive days.
In a statement, Eddie Marles, the AC Milan Youth Programme co-ordinator said: “We are very happy to be in Zimbabwe and Africa with World Wide Scholarships giving these children these opportunities. We want to give more opportunities as we grow in this relationship.
“The AC Milan opportunity can change their lives and closes the gaps on so many things. We are excited and interested to see how he (Solobala) develops as a person and an athlete.”
Meanwhile the AC Milan trials for 2012 are open and registration will begin from April 20-22.
This will be a first phase selection before the young players are chosen to participate in the AC Milan Junior Camp Africa in August where AC Milan scouts will be onsite to select young players for the AC Milan Junior Tournament in Milan in October.