Kenyan youngster awaits Sunderland call
10 December 2013, 12:04
Nairobi - Harambee Stars forward David Gateri attended trials at English Premier League side Sunderland.
The youngster who hails from Cape Town’s Africa Soccer Developments academy, spent two weeks on trial at English Premier League side, Sunderland.
Gateri, a 19-year-old Kenyan international, as well as Indian midfielder, BrandonFernandes, also 19, headed out to England in order to try and impress the Premier League outfit, although were told to return later in the year following the change of management.
A statement from ASD, the academy that developed Lokeren starlet Ayanda Patosi, said, “ASD Cape Town can confirm that Brandon Fernandes spent 2 weeks with Sunderland earlier this year where he received an excellent technical report. Brandon accompanied ASD teammate and Kenyan senior international, David Gateri. Both players were scouted by Sunderland in Cape Town whilst playing for ASD's SAFA 2 side.
“Their time at Sunderland was the week in which Sunderland changed their management and Paulo Di Canio took over. As a result, both players were requested to come back later in the year. Since then there has been another change of management and as such, both players have been scouted by different clubs in the interim. ASD will be making an announcement on both players imminently.”
Fernandes has previously spent time training with English sides, Leicester City and Reading, while Gateri is thought to be a target for a number of PSL sides.