Ben Cabango | This is a chance I have to take

5th July 2019
Pre-season

Ben Cabango is determined to show new Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper what he is capable of during the club's training camp in Spain.

Teenage centre-half Cabango is among half-a-dozen members of the Swans' under-23 squad who have been handed the chance to impress on tour.

Club great Leon Britton has revealed that the six youngsters - also including Brandon Cooper, Liam Cullen, Jack Evans, Jordon Garrick and Joe Lewis - have caught the eye at the base near Huelva.

Cabango, 19, spent the first half of last season on loan with TNS and got to experience Champions League football.

Indeed, he became the first Swansea player to score in the competition while on the club's books.

The Swans have included members of the club's under-23s squad in their pre-season tour party.

Upon his return to SA1 he became a regular in the under-23s' side as they enjoyed a strong end to 2018-19, and his form was recognised with a first call-up for Wales Under-21s over the summer.

And the defender is keen to keep the momentum rolling with the first-team set-up.

"I was not expecting the chance to go away with the first team, so I have been really excited to get out here," he said.

"For me, I have to focus now and make sure I do the things I need to do.

"I have to show what I have got and try and get that chance in the first team.

"I've had the chance to speak to the new head coach (Steve Cooper), it's a clean slate for everyone and he seems to be a really good guy.

"I've liked a lot of what he has had to say, I just want to impress him and make a good impression because his background tells you how good he is in terms of developing young players."

Steve Cooper

Cabango's Wales call up saw him feature alongside a host of his Swansea team-mates during friendlies against Albania in June.

And he hopes he can build on that confidence boost, with two high-profile European qualifiers also on the horizon, in addition to the start of the club campaign.

"It meant I didn't get much of a rest, but I was delighted to have that call-up," he added.

"We had two friendlies against Albania, and I played in the second.

"It was a good camp to build and we have qualifiers against Germany and Belgium in September, which will be big games and it was good to build for them."

The Swans will play Mansfield in Portugal at Complexo Desportivo,8900-211 Vila Real de Santo António. Entry is free.

There will be no live stream of the game, but we will bring you brief highlights and details of the training game here as soon as we can.

You can follow live updates on the game via our official Twitter account @swansofficial.