Three young Mauritian footballers namely Arthee Darel, Shaun Toussaint and Rahul Mungar will receive one-month training on football skills and tactics at Sheffield United in the United Kingdom (UK). The training will help the three young Mauritians become professional football players so that they can, in turn, represent Mauritius both at the national and international levels in future, said the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint.
He was speaking yesterday during a meeting at the Citadelle Mall in Port Louisin the presence of the Director of Football First Ltd, Mr David Callow.
Minister Toussaint pointed out that these youngsters are laying the foundation to make of Mauritius a sports hub while adding that they will initiate the way for other young Mauritian footballers. It is important to place Mauritius youth football firmly at international level given that the country has players who are capable of playing professional football.
Addressing the three boys, Minister Toussaint said that they are getting a unique opportunity at a young age and urged them to take full advantage of it. He also made an appeal to them to adopt the philosophy of tolerance, respect, humility, solidarity and hard work during their one month training in the UK.
1 850 young boys between the age of 10 to 14 throughout Mauritius and Rodrigues underwent trials in 2014, out of which 24 were selected. The 24 young Mauritian footballers travelled to Barcelona for a one-week coaching where they acquired the skills and tactics used by the Barcelona youth teams. Similarly, the three young Mauritian footballers will receive training by international coaches and learn new techniques of football, said the Sports Minister.
For his part, Mr Callow, who organised the trials and selection of the young Mauritian ambassadors said that his team is envisaging to bring a top European academy to Mauritius which will be a stepping stone for setting up a professional team in Mauritius. The aim is to contribute to the personal development of the youth of Mauritius, as well as to take Mauritian football to a new height.
The three young Mauritians received their air tickets which are being sponsored by the Trust Fund for Excellence in Sports (TFES). TFES is for the first time sponsoring team sports. In general, the Trust Fund provides financial training assistance to individual sportspersons only but it has now decided to extend its support to sports team as well.
Source: Government of Mauritius