Zulu takes The Chance of a lifetime with Sundowns

Zulu takes The Chance of a lifetime with Sundowns

Posted: 16 October 2012 Time: 01:46 pm

Nike’s The Chance finalist, 16-year-old Melusi Zulu from Soweto, has signed a dream deal with the Mamelodi Sundowns.

Surpassing 5,000 local and 100,000 international hopefuls, Zulu, along with fellow South African finalists Charlie Tsotetsi and Nicholas Mynhardt, made it through to the Top 100 of Nike's The Chance global football competition hosted in Barcelona this August.

Zulu, who made it through to the final 16 of the competition, is the second of the three boys to sign with a PSL club. Mynhardt, a 20-year-old striker from Johannesburg, secured a three-year contract with the Kaizer Chiefs this September.

Nike's The Chance is a grassroots initiative that aims to fasttrack young football talent into professional structures around the globe. The competition continues to provide local boys with an international platform at the highest level, exposing them to some of the top talent scouts from around the world and in South Africa.

Johan Neeskens, The Chance head scout and Sundowns coach, says: "Not too many footballers have the opportunity to be a part of something like Nike's The Chance global football talent search.

"I'm happy for the club that Melusi decided to come to Mamelodi Sundowns. He has a lot of qualities, especially for his age, and I think he can only get better."

Zulu, who is thrilled about the prospect of playing professionally, thanked Nike and Sundowns for the opportunity and promised to work hard and give 100 percent.

Meanwhile, Charlie Tsotetsi from Heidelburg, also a top 16 finalist, will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime world tour from January 2013, travelling to the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom, to compete against some of the most celebrated junior football academies in the world, including United States Soccer Federation Youth Academy, Juventus Youth Academy and Manchester United Youth Academy, respectively.

During the tour, Charlie's opportunity to turn professional will be accelerated as scouts frequent these academies to identify new talent.

In 2011, Reyaad Pieterse and Jonathon King were selected in the first The Chance trial hosted in London. They won a year-long contract at the Nike Academy, playing against the best academy teams in the world. Pieterse recently signed a professional contract with Shamrock Rovers FC in Ireland.

Previous comments on this story...

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 01:48 pm
Such copycats....thts why they are struggling and wont achieve nothing this season...
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 01:51 pm

Is Neskeens sick ?
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 01:54 pm
I wish KC can pull a trick and say they have signed Oscar Pistorius so that Downs will run after Natalie Du Toit...

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 01:56 pm

TREBLE CHAMP KING

posted: 01:51 pm | Report


Is Neskeens sick ?
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No, uzibanjelwe ibabalaas nje...thts all
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 02:13 pm


Feelosopher (The Balotelli of Kick Off.com): ayikho ibhabhi enjee bra yami, lomuntu uyagula straight or is it great depression.
Brasilia
posted: 02:29 pm
Such copycats....thts why they are struggling and wont achieve nothing this season...

Hardy bowssss,Sir Neeskens is the Nike Chance Head scout- He discovered all 3 young players. ( 1 went to the Zoo) Say thanks to Sir 007 for boosting ur donkey camp with that Happy Sindane looking white boy
Brasilia
posted: 02:30 pm
@ Feelosopher

Such copycats....thts why they are struggling and wont achieve nothing this season...
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Hardy bowssss,Sir Neeskens is the Nike Chance Head scout- He discovered all 3 young players. ( 1 went to the Zoo) Say thanks to Sir 007 for boosting ur donkey camp with that Happy Sindane looking white boy
Brasilia
posted: 02:41 pm
Welcome mfana, you life struggles are over and your dreams have come true- Welcome to the Institution of Carpet Football- "shoe shine and Piano". Just by signing you are already earning 3 times more than your coounterpart Mynhardt aka Happy Sindane. Soon they'll be lining up for your signature in Europe ( Barca, Arsenal, etc) ask Xulu

Keep focus mfana- Yello is a colour of swagger and style!
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 03:25 pm

TREBLE CHAMP KING

posted: 02:13 pm | Report



Feelosopher (The Balotelli of Kick Off.com): ayikho ibhabhi enjee bra yami, lomuntu uyagula straight or is it great depression.
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Great depression ephysical?? tltltltltltltltltltltltltltltltltlt...LOL
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 03:26 pm
@Brasilia

kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Happy Sindane? How do you remember tht dude? lol

killla!!!
Myzuzu
posted: 04:11 pm
This boy have chosen a wrong team of Sundowns calibre, His football career is already dead before it starts. Where is Lucky Nguzana the under 17 striker that used to play for Sundowns Juniors?
fire
posted: 05:46 pm
Which copycats Feelosopher. Isn't Neeskens who unearthed Zulu,Tsotetsi and Mynhardt the head scout of Nike the chance and head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns? You mean, it took Neeskens accumen for Chiefs to unearth a gem named Mynhardt? Get a life.

Downs' till my soul touches the sky!
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