Gambian teenager Musa Juwara mentioned he devoted his first Serie A goal to “all who helped” him after an unbelievable journey to the highest stage of Italian soccer was capped in type when he scored for Bologna on Sunday.
The 18-year-old ahead, who arrived in Italy after touring unaccompanied throughout the Mediterranean as a toddler in 2016, got here off the bench to equalize in Bologna’s eventual 2-1 victory at third-placed Inter Milan.
“I dedicate this goal to my household and all those that have helped me alongside the best way,” Juwara, who was introduced up by his grandfather after being orphaned, informed Tuttomercatoweb.
He was adopted by an Italian couple, who helped him combat the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for the appropriate to play following his arrival in Europe.
“I thank the coach (Sinisa Mihajlovic) a lot for giving me confidence in opposition to Inter, I’m very blissful to have scored my first goal,” Juwara added.
“It’s a dream come true for me and I’ll keep in mind this for the remaining of my life.”
Juwara’s fellow Gambian and namesake Musa Barrow scored a dramatic late winner at San Siro, the sixth time he has netted in simply 11 league appearances since becoming a member of Bologna from Atalanta on mortgage in January.
“I’m very blissful for the opposite Musa, I gave him some recommendation and after the sport, I requested him for his shirt, as a result of he was superb,” mentioned striker Barrow, who himself is barely 21.
Juwara, who revealed he grew up supporting Chelsea and idolized Eden Hazard, remains to be but to make his first league begin for Bologna and the 25 minutes he performed on Sunday is probably the most he has featured in a Serie A match.
But he has now made his mark, together with his first goal all of the extra remarkable given he was embroiled in a authorized battle with the FIGC in 2017 simply to be allowed to signal for Chievo on account of a rule stopping exploitation of youngster immigrants.
Juwara later joined Bologna for a reported charge of 500,000 euros ($566,000), however regardless of being anticipated to play for the U-19 facet, has pressured his approach into the first-team squad.
Bologna hosts Sassuolo on Wednesday, when the ninth-placed facet will likely be hoping Juwara can proceed to defy the percentages as its bid to launch a late problem for Europa League qualification.
Mihajlovic’s facet sits 5 factors off the final potential European spot at present held by seventh-placed AC Milan with eight matches of the season remaining.