Black Aces u13s visit Manchester
- 01 April 2014 12:40
- Posted by @MCFC
Last week, the MCFC School of Football hosted the Black Aces Football Club from Johannesburg, South Africa.
On an annual basis and as part of MCFC's global youth development program and three-year partnership with the Premier Soccer League club, a group of Black Aces youngsters visit Manchester, whilst the Blues send a group of coaches to South Africa three times a year to work with their academy and grassroots players.
The initiative serves to build relationships with clubs from abroad by providing coaching courses to young players all over the world, giving them the chance to train like City players.
During the Aces' trip to Manchester, the players took part in five training sessions at Platt Lane with the academy coaches before playing a game against an u13s City Select team.
The guests were then also treated to a tour of the City Football Academy (CFA) and the National Football Museum before travelling to the Etihad Stadium for City's Premier League clash with Fulham.
Before kick-off, the youngsters had a look around the ground and were able to shake hands with the players as they exited the coach. Then at half-time, the Aces took to the pitch to play small-sided games in front of a crowd of 47,262.
The arguable highlight of the day was the introduction of Ivorian superstar Yaya Toure, who addressed the Aces and posed for photos.
Here are the best snaps from the visit:
The Black Aces take part in a training session at Platt Lane
The team are all smiles ahead of the friendly with a City Select side
The two sides have a post-match snap together
The youngsters are taken on a tour of the City Football Academy
Pablo Zabaleta and Alvaro Negredo collect some good wishes on their way into the stadium
The group pose for a photo next to the Etihad Stadium pitch
The Aces take part in a small-sided match at half-time of the Fulham game
The youngsters are introduced to Yaya Toure
And the midfield powerhouse is happy to pose for a photo with them
Aces chairmen Mario Morfou and George Morfou, who were part of the travelling team, were delighted with the trip.
"It was a fantastic experience for all of our group to travel to the UK and gain an insight into how Manchester City’s Academy operates and develops young players," they agreed.
"This is a great initiative that allows the Black Aces FC club to share ideas and best practices with City as we focus on developing our own next generation of players.
"We're very proud of the relationship we share with City and we’re sure that these trips, as well as hosting City’s coaches in Johannesburg, will help us to continue to move forward in both the short and long term."
MCFC's School of Football coaches have now travelled to Johannesburg in the next step of the partnership.