Maritzburg United goalkeeper Constandino ‘Costi’ Christodoulou is currently undergoing a trial stint at English giants Manchester City.
The 16-year-old player has been playing for Maritzburg's reserve team in the Multichoice Diski League (MDC) having joined the club two years ago.
The Team of Choice made the announcement on their official website:
"Captain of South Africa’s U17 team, the timing of Costi’s trip to England meant he was fortunate enough to be in the stands for the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, ahead of his two week trial," a club statement read.
Maritzburg general manager Quinton Jettoo revealed that City have had their eye on Christodoulou for a while.
“There was always the request from Man City. I think they watched Costi in one of the SA U17 games, hence the interest in having him on trial and having an assessment, and taking it from there,” Jettoo told the site.
“All of us at Maritzburg United are very proud of Costi and we wish him all the best over in England. We are confident he’ll grab this opportunity with both hands and do himself, the club and the country proud," he concluded.
Christodoulou, who is a student at the Hilton College, is the youngest player to have participated in the MDC according to the club website.
He was part of South Africa's Amajimbos side that crashed out of contention for the Cosafa under-17 Championship title after losing to tournament hosts, Mauritius in July 2018.
As a result, Amajimbos failed to qualify for the 2019 Caf Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals which will be hosted by Tanzania.