“I knew that tomorrow was a rest day, so I certainly upped my efforts in an attempt to make the final 52.” -- Bismark Kwarteng, Ghana
Having watched two of their fellow finalists rewarded for their play yesterday by travelling to training in style in sports cars, it was back to the elite surroundings of the FC Barcelona training facility for the final 100 of The Chance hoping to catch the eye of the coaching staff.
The heat may have been a factor but there was no let up in the effort shown by the players. “I came here from Ghana to make it as a professional footballer and so I have to work hard, “ said Bismark Kwarteng, a 19-year-old finalist. “I am pleased with my play today. Yes it is hot, but not as hot as Ghana!”
Small-sided games and shooting drills were on the schedule with the players showing a high technical standard in both. "I think the guys now understand that this is a competition, not a vacation," says Darren Jones, one of the coaches [PDF].
"Today I was very impressed. I saw a lot of technically very good work. The players have to switch on and they realise that the guy standing next to them might be the one to take their spot and they have to be that 5% better prepared, that 5% better to make it."
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