- Ryan Adams from Durban has been awarded a one-year contract with the Orlando Pirates development team
- Adams and two other players were chosen from over 600 entrants in the Sbonisi’Diski to take part in the final
- The three youngsters were flown to London where they trained with Chelsea FC players for a week
Ryan Adams from Durban has been awarded a one-year contract with the Orlando Pirates development team after he won the Sbonisi’Diski competition. Adams beat out more than 600 other youngsters to take top honours in the life-changing competition.
Adams will be joining one of South Africa’s most legendary club with an incredibly rich history and proud legacy of player development and nurturing. Orlando Pirates has over the years been the home of some of South Africa’s best footballers.
Adams and his co-finalists, Thulo Thibatsi and Joshua Jerome Roman were treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK where they spent a week training with Chelsea FC players in London.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the youngsters were exposed to some of the best training facilities, coaching and player experiences on the planet, all with the aim of improving their understanding of the game and what it means to be a professional footballer.
News24.com reported that Adams was ultimately declared the winner of the Sbonisi’Diski challenge and awarded the contract. The deal between the completion organisers and Orlando Pirates is designed to find and nurture local talent at an early stage.
Adams plays his football in the centre-back position. He was lauded for his hard work throughout the competition and his understanding of how much preparation work goes into being fully prepared for each match.
Adams was praised for his obvious skills, dedication and passion for football by none other than South African legend Mark Fish. Adams is due to start training with the rest of the Orlando Pirates development squad later this year.
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