Young Madibaz star Caleb Turner is keen to further his footballing education when he turns out for the University Sport South Africa U21 team in a national tournament next week.
The side will compete in the SA Football Association-SAB U21 League National Championship in Mahikeng, North West, from Monday, along with the nine provincial champions.
Turner, who lives in Salsoneville in Port Elizabeth, said it was a “huge honour” to represent his university in the team.
“I am definitely keen to learn from the matches we play to add something new to my game,” he said.
“I also want to take the experience back to my teammates at Madibaz and apply those lessons to our play during the year.”
He added that the tournament also provided a chance to gain exposure at a higher level.
“This is one of our best chances to perhaps get recognised by professional clubs. As one gets older, the interest wanes a bit so I do think there is a lot of opportunity at this tournament.”
He added that one of the major reasons for his USSA selection was the support he received from his colleagues and coaches.
“I don’t think any of this would have been possible without them.
“My mentors in Madibaz football manager Mark Tommy and coaches Wayne Iveson and Nick Myataza have always kept us motivated on and off the field.”