South African wonderkid signs for Genk

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South African wonderkid Riley Swarts has agreed to join the prestigious academy of Belgian giants KRC Genk from MVV Maastricht.

Swarts who turned 13 this month has received widespread attention in the Netherlands media over the past 12 months for his incredible skills whilst serving as a ball boy for Eerste Divisie side MVV's first-team games.

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Having left Johannesburg in 2019 after his father Lionel took employment in Europe, it's been an incredible rise to prominence for the skilful forward, while his brother Pharrel (17) has also excelled in the academy of the Dutch side.

Both talents played for Randburg in Mzansi before continuing their journeys abroad and Riley has now taken a major step forward by agreeing to join one of the best youth set-ups in Europe with Genk ahead of next season.

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He is set to train with the U-14s in his first season but is likely to feature as a left inside forward for the U-13 squad within his first season.

A system that has produced the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Timothy Castagne and Thibaut Courtois, Swarts admits that joining such an esteemed institution won't make him forget his roots should Belgium or Netherlands be interested.

"I've heard that in South Africa I'd probably only make my debut at 28," he joked to

"I left South Africa two years ago, back then I played for Randburg and the district team and I lived there for ten years of my life so I'm sure I'll remain committed to representing South Africa."

Swarts has garnered international attention for his freestyle skills and juggling on social media which has seen him emerge as an internet sensation.

See one of his wonder goals in the Netherlands in the video below

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