Wits teen undergoes Man Utd trial


The 16-year-old, who recently featured for the Students’ U19 side at a tournament in Denmark, was then invited to play for the Brondby U19 side in a youth tournament in Holland before being scouted by the Red Devils.

“Manchester United then invited him (Liam) to undertake a training and assessment period with the famous Manchester club, which is how he ended up training at United,” the player’s agent, Glyn Binkin, told African Football.

“Although he did well at United he was only there for training and assessment as it would be very difficult for him to move to United due to the fact that he has an SA passport and is only 16 years old.

“I felt he did very well and given the fact that he only recently turned 16 years old it was an incredible learning experience for him training with the Manchester United reserves, under 21s and under 18s.

“It is an incredible club and was honour for him just to have been invited to train alongside some of the best young players in the world and to assess himself against them.”

The up-and-coming youngster, who is the son of the late South African international Keryn Jordan, has continued gaining valuable experience abroad by training with fellow English club Sunderland, but is set to return to South Africa soon, owing to school commitments.

“Liam is currently training with Sunderland who obviously have a link with Bidvest and in particular Bidvest Wits,” Binkin said.

“He will be here until the end of September and although there are other training opportunities that he has been invited to attend, at this stage it looks as though he will go back to SA as he is still at school and as such needs to attend classes.”

Check out last month’s edition of KICK OFF magazine (September issue) to find out more about one of South Africa’s rising stars, Liam Jordan.