The teenage sensation is said to have been on the radar of several EPL clubs since he impressed scouts with his skills 4 years ago in the Manchester United Soccer Skills competition.
Fernandes has spent the weekend preparing for what he describes as a chance to “fulfil (his) dreams”, and yesterday was thrilled to be kitted out with travel apparel courtesy of Nike SA. He believes he is “well prepared” and admits that with 24 hours to go he is “very excited”.
Fernandes is extremely proud of his Indian roots and sees his trial as not only an achievement for himself and ASD Cape Town, but so too Indian Soccer. He wants to be an Ambassador for India and “raise the flag up high”.
Brandon is very confident about his abilities and says that he will put in his best efforts.
My hopes are very high because I believe in myself and will push myself. All I can do is my best, and hope that I get a good result out of it
Fernandes already took a huge leap of faith at the age of 16 when he left his family in Goa, and travelled 5,000 miles to Cape Town to join ASD. He credits this move with being the first step of “seeing (his) dreams come true”, and believes the level of development he has received at ASD, under the guidance of Technical Director Douglas Williams, is second to none. Fernandes has further benefitted from the pastoral involvement of ASD’s partner charity ‘Hope Academy’, who have guided Fernandes in the necessary skills required to make a successful transition into the professional game.
Commenting on Fernandes trial, ASD Director Mike Steptoe said,
I have no doubts whatsoever that Brandon is ready to impact the European game. At ASD we focus on the development of raw talent, and have Brandon and another Indian player in our squad. I am confident both players will impact the professional game, with Brandon paving the way and putting Indian Soccer rightfully on the sporting map
The name of the EPL club will be revealed after Brandon lands in UK.