Goncalvas Details Intense Vodacom NXT LVL Bootcamp
Cayla Goncalvas Details Intense Vodacom NXT LVL Bootcamp
by Soccer Laduma
Oct 03, 2016 07:55 PM
The Vodacom NXT LVL initiative provided incredible opportunity for boys and girls around South Africa, and 14-year-old Cayla Goncalvas explained how difficult it was to make the final cut.
“It’s a great feeling that out of 100 players they managed to find me, being a girl because these boys are very physical. It was very competitive for me as a girl. Some of the players never thought I could play football but I showed them what I am made of whenever I had the ball.
“I have been training very hard for the top 16 with my club and also at the Vodacom NXT LVL camp. I gave my all at training. The coaches saw me and I was given a chance to go through to the top 16. I think I speak well with the team and I always make sure as a defender I stop the strikers from scoring”.
Goncalvas explains why it was difficult in the early stages of the Boot Camp.
“In the Top 100 it was very difficult for me because they didn’t like to pass me the ball very often, since I am a girl. They didn’t think I’m capable of controlling the ball and playing like them. So I would have to find the ball for myself and show them what I could do with the ball at my feet. They started realising that I can play just like them and started passing me the ball more often. I have learnt a lot from my coaches. I definitely learned that even if you fail, you need to get back up and work very hard, and carry on fighting for what you want,” she added.
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