Gambian Kid Lamin Touray Wins U-15 Best Player Award in Germany

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Lamin Touray, Borussia Dortmund´s Gambian-born youth player has been celebrated and awarded best German U-15 player in the 2016/17 footballing season, after helping his team to win both the U15 league and the super cup.

His team emerged top in the German U-15 league, in which Lamin was so influential. He also helps the team beat Preußen Münster by 3:1 in the U-15 Super Cup final. Lamin, 14, a son to Gambian parents was born in Basse Dambpa Kunda, later moved with his parents to Dortmund, Deutschland at the age of 4, where he is up to date residing. He is also a Grade 8 student at a school secondary, and he speaks fluent Mandinka and Deutsch.

The young prolific left attacker, who puts on the number 19 jersey, joined the Dortmund youth two years ago and since then emerged as a regular starter. He has scored 8 goals and provided numerous of assists in the last football campaign as Dortmund U-15 player.

A top football official in Dortmund, close to Lamin and his family, describes him as a star in the making. “He gets a great potential and if given the necessary support, he could be a great player in the near future,” he said. “Seeing him play is just like watching Marco Reus play… ”. In his two-year stint with Dortmund youth team, he played against other teams in Europe and he is scoring and providing assists to his teammates, he is just a fantastic player, the official added.

Speaking to a reporter, Lamin said he was very happy and felt honored to win such an important award in his life. “I am very happy to win this award, am commending the management of Dortmund, my teammates, and family for the support rendered to me in my two-year stint in the youth team,” he said.

“I am playing with the aim of reaching the top. Over the years, I dream to have the honor to play against other European teams like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, Ajax, Benfica, Lisbon, and others, that will make me feel good.”

Reacting to Marco Reus´ comparison, the lad said, “When I play, my friends and other people say to me that I play like Reus. Am not trying to copy his style but rather playing my own way and trying to be myself,” he said.

Asked about Gambian football, he said, he does not know much about Gambian football now, but his future dream is to represent his country in major competitions like African Cup of Nations and World Cup.

source: Point Newspaper


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