The name Dylan Stoffels is not new to those who attended the Engen Knockout Under 17 Challenge last year where he won almost every award.
The 16-year old’s talent has not gone unnoticed as he has now been selected for the South Africa Under 17 (Amajimbos) squad who are preparing for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.
“I was really excited when our manager told me that I was selected for the national team. It has always been my dream to play in the highest level in the country and this is just amazing,” he said.
Stoffels is amongst the final 24 boys that assembled in Durban for a training camp where a final squad of 23 will be selected. Although he lost his grandparent recently, he said he hopes this will not affect his chances.
“The journey has been great although I am disappointed about the passing away of my grandparent so I am just trying to be strong. Apart from that, the experience is great I am learning a lot of things and I hope that my dreams of one day playing for Bafana will come true.”
With the challenge of strikers struggling to find the back of the net in South Africa, Stoffels said he hopes to end that by working extra hard.
“As an individual I have to practice every day so that I do better than others. It is a challenge but I am willing to close that gap,” he said.
Coming back to his club AmaZulu, the young player who has been with AmaZulu from a very young age, says he is grateful for all the opportunities that the club has provided for him.
“If it was not for AmaZulu I would not have been here. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have received from the club. I hope that one day I will be able to break into the first team,” he said.
Stoffels was part of the AmaZulu Under 19 team at the Metropolitan Premier Cup tournament and he made a huge mark by scoring a hat trick in their opening match.Share