Work hard! This was a general advice that Samsung-Chelsea Dream The Blues ambassadors and world stars Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Oscar and Victor Moses gave to the 10 young players attending the programme this week.
Almost to a man, the quartet told a press conference that succeeded a training session they had with the 10 boys that they had advised them to go home and work hard in order to fulfil their dreams.
“This reminded me of my young days,” said Torres, who scored one of the two goals that saw The Blues capture the Europe Cup 2-1 over Benfica on Wednesday night.
“When I was young, it was difficult even to find a place to train, but these young players are very lucky to be able to train with professionals, even if it’s for 30 minutes.”
Nigerian star Moses, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with his countrymen in South Africa in February, said: “The best advice I gave them is that they must keep on working hard because this will help you to go to the top. This dream programme means a lot to the children. I enjoyed going out there, playing with the children and seeing those smiles on their faces.”
Among the 10 are two South Africans, Goitsemang Lengene (12) from Pretoria and Mvelo Mvulane (10) from Pietermaritzburg.
The children had a lot of fun at the Cobham Chelsea Training Centre where they worked with the two youth coaches Steve Winnet and Oliver Woodall before being joined by the four stars for the last part of their session.
They had a lot of fun as they were divided into four teams named after each of the Chelsea players – Torres, Mata, Oscar and Moses – and they played short games of soccer where they had to run with the ball, turn and shoot for goal. The team that reached four goals first was awarded a point.
» S’Busiso Mseleku is in London courtesy of Samsung SA
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