Karachi, Pakistan – 03 February 2022: Global Soccer Ventures’ (GSV) national hunt for the 20 NexGen Football Stars finalists set for the national showdown at KPT Stadium on 5th February 2022 at 10am.Karel Fraeye ran Pakistan’s biggest talent hunt drive under St Pat’s development plan in collaboration with Kamyab Jawan Program.
GSV NexGen Football Stars trials has been delivered in 9 out of 10 cities successfully and include; Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Sialkot, Multan, Sukkur, Quetta, Faisalabad, and Lahore.
Now Karachi is in the spotlight with the arrival of Brian Kerr with his academy director Ger O Brian to oversee the grand finale selection of Pakistan’s emerging football gems. The trial are being held at KPT Football Stadium, Kharadar from February 3, 2022 to February 8, 2022. The raw talent is being evaluated under the direct supervision of UEFA licensed coaches including Karel Fraeye and Dennis Ricardo of Belgium and Marc Antonio of UK.
Karel Fraeye, UEFA licensed coach said: “It was an amazing experience to talent ID some of Pakistan’s raw and young gems from across the country. There is no doubt that Pakistan has immense football potential, and I am sure the nation still has a lot of untapped talent”.
Yasir Mehmood, Chairman of GSV said: “Now that the trials are finally coming to an end and I can’t wait to see these incredible players representing Pakistan on a professional level. I am really delighted that The NexGen soccer trials of GSV have led Pakistan’s emerging talent to the right place in the football world”.
Arslan Mushtaq, Director Operations of GSV said: “The trials demonstrate that Pakistanis’ passion for football has no boundaries. GSV’s NextGen Football Star trials have finally made young people’s aspirations come true by giving them the chance to make their mark in Europe”.
Brian Kerr has the challenge to drill down the super talented 20. So far 61 players have been shortlisted; 13 from Islamabad, 3 from Muzaffarabad, 14 from Peshawar, 4 from Sialkot, 1 from Multan, 7 from Quetta, 8 from Faisalabad, 11 from Lahore, while the hopefuls from Karachi are still being talent ID’d. These players will then be gathered for the final showdown spread across 4 rounds of match play assessment out of which 20 emerging NexGen Football Stars will progress for the GSV’s Road to Europe international training programme which could result in a life changing career for some.
A naturally gifted and raw player has been discovered thanks to the national talent hunt. The technical committee are keeping details of this football wonderkid off the record until St Pat’s team and Brian Kerr give their green light.