He might only be 6 years old, but Bloemfontein’s Mason Pietersen has already caught the eye of recruiters both locally and internationally.
The grade 1 striker recently made an impression with recruiters from Real Madrid, and has been invited to attend an 8 day training session at their Academy in Spain from 10 to 18 April.
Described as hardworking and disciplined, Mason has been on the radar of several local clubs, having already attended trails at clubs such as Supersport United.
His father, Sharad, says that his son had been kicking a ball since he could take his first steps and they regularly attend football games together.
Mason’s entire family are football fanatics, with his father and uncles all actively involved in the local football scene.
His grandfather, Charley Pietersen is the former CEO of Bloemfontein Celtic and was the Deputy Venue manager at the 2010 World Cup.
For little Mason, this could be a life changing opportunity.
It could lead to him being groomed for professional football and also given a scholarship to study at the best schools and universities.
For now however, Mason just wants to play football, have fun and make his family and community proud.