By George-Patrick Bediaku
Young Ghanaian defender, Bayan Mahmud, is on the verge of making history, if he makes it to the senior team of Argentine club Boca Juniors. Or is it ‘when he makes it’.
The 18-year old is now in the books of the Under-21s, awaiting a possible contract.
Only two other African’s have played for Los Xeneizes. The first was Cameroonian Alphonse Tchami between 1994 and 1997. And more recently, Gabonese Franck Obame Engonga in 2011.
And if Bayan makes it, he will be only the third ever African to achieve this fete.
On a bus embarking on a 7-hour journey to the city of Santafe, where the Boca Juniors Inferiores will face Colon de Santafe in la Cuarta Division 2013 on Saturday, he told agoronet.com how he still thanks God for where he is.
“It is a great thing that I am where I am now and how I am about to make history. It is God who has made it so and I always give thanks to Him.”
Bayan believes that he is on the brink of breaking through.
“I’m now with the youth team, and play first and second division games. And I hope by next year, I will be going to the premier team.”
You may know about his adventure movie-like life story. If you don’t, here’s a summary.
The boy born in Awoshie-Accra, who moved to Bawku and got caught in the infamous violent conflict between the Mamprusi and Kusasi tribes. This tragically led to the killing of both his parents when he was barely 11, in 2005.
In 2010, a cargo truck driver was kind enough to offer him a ride to Cape Coast and when he couldn’t find his senior brother Muntala, he left.
He stowed away on a ship which found him in Argentina. Discovered playing football by an enthusiast, Ruben Garcia, he sent Bayan for trials with Boca, and Bayan didn't disappoint.
And that is how the story goes. And…oh, he found his brother Muntala, on Facebook. Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg.
*Excerpts courtesy Fiifi Anaman