SAMKELO Qwabe hopes to one day play for AC Milan, but for now his world revolves around the Bidvest Wits Football Academy.
"I live here, study here, play here. Things are going well.
"I feel happy because I didn't know they would accept me," Qwabe, pictured, says.
You might recognise the amiable youngster from last year's Dettol Shona Khonacompetition.
After being chosen as part of the group to visit the Red Devils in Manchester, he was devastated because he could not get a passport and he had to remain behind.
The pain was temporary. The tenacious Qwabe worked hard and the Bidvest Wits Football Academy chose him as one of the 20 talented youngsters.
Though the learning curve is steep for the Alexandra- born Qwabe, he is enjoying his stay at the academy.
Former Wits star and now Qwabe's head coach Ashley Makhanya says the academy is very good in helping young soccer players like Qwabe not only because they are trying to produce good footballers, but good citizens too by giving them life skills such as how to handle the successes and failures that come with being a football player.
Dettol Shona Khona project coordinator Stan Whiting has said that 600 youngsters from around South Africa will compete for the top 60 places in a forthcoming national soccer coaching and life skills mentoring camp at Bidvest.
They will have to work hard to be among the 12 hopefuls who will be going to the Sao PauloFutebol Academy in Brazil for a week's training in December.