South African-born striker Andras Nemeth has emerged as one of the brightest prospects from Belgian side Genk in recent years and after helping his second nation qualify for the U17 FIFA World Cup he opened up about his journey.
Nemeth, 16, was born in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain but grew up in Hungary, the nation of his father's birth - and has since emerged as one of the most promsing talents within the esteemed academy of the Belgian giants.
Over the past 12 months, not only did he sign his first professional contract after attracting interest from two of the biggest club's in European football, but he's also starred at the U17 European championship towards helping Hungary qualify for the World Cup at Belgium's expense.
Describing his style of play, the towering striker claims he 'always plays within the fuction of the team', with a distinct ability to keep hold of the ball and bring the midfield into play with his aerial prowess and strength.
But with extreme technical ability and composure in front of goal, Nemeth is well on his way to becoming a complete forward that's become a crucial part of modern football in tactical systems implmenting a lone-striker.
Check out his brace against Russia U17 in the video above.
Now after his Euro U17 exploits in which he scored three goals in five games, Nemeth opened up about his recent success at club level and explained why he was fast-tracked into signing a professional terms whilst still in the tenth grade.
"I had a made a great development at Genk, they say," the teenage striker told KickOff. "I scored around 20 goals in season 2017/18, I became the most prolific goal scorer on the Puskas-Suzuki U17 tournament in 2018 too, that our team won ahead of respectable teams as Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid and Bayern München."
Nemeth went on to explain why he rejected the advances of the interested club's to commit to Genk; "If you play for a Belgian top academy your games and tournaments are visited by scouts from all around Europe.
"At the end there was an intense interest shown by many European clubs including clubs playing Champions League where I would be more than happy to play in the future, but only at the right time.
"Since KRC Genk provides an excellent development plan for me it was easy to decide that I stay in the club’s program, and my goal is still to become a player of the first team.
"However, I'm keeping calm and trying to move up step by step without skipping important milestones as a normal teenager would."