On Monday, it was confirmed that the 18 year old, Tashreeq Matthews, will be joining Germany’s top football club, Borussia Dortmund.
Rumours of Tashreeq’s move started in July, when he was spotted training with Dortmund after he exited from Ajax Cape Town.
However, South African players can only play overseas if they are 18 and over, and if they had completed their matric.
At the time of training, Tashreeq was 17 years old and he only turned 18 in September of this year.
Tashreeq signed a long term contract and will be playing for Dortmund’s U-19 side, which is currently at the top of the Junior Bundesliga West Division table.
Dortmund’s senior team is also on top of the Bundesliga standings with a four-point lead over rivals, Bayern Munich.
Tashreeq is the fourth South African to play for the club, the others being Steven Pienaar, Delron Buckley and Marc Arnold.
He is eligible for registration to Dortmund’s UEFA Youth League and could make his debut when the team face Atletico Madrid U-19s on Tuesday.
Tashreeq was congratulated by Cape Town City Head Coach, UEFA champion and fellow Hanover Park native, Benni McCarthy, who had recently completed his UEFA Pro Licence.
“Well done Tassie, very happy for you and your family … make them proud my man! There’s real hope for people from Hanover Park now, the 2nd person from Hanover Park to go World Wide,” said Benni.