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The following day he went there and asked for a trial. Slightly bemused, the coaching staff looked at the smiling yet canada goose determined 11 year old with the broken Canada Goose Online English and explained that the club did not just take on young players who turned up unannounced. He would have to be scouted like everybody else.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Running home afterwards, having left details of the school he attended and buoyed by the promise that somebody uk canada goose from Coventry would come to watch Canada Goose online him play, Bigirimana was surprised when a member of the coaching staff stopped him.

canada goose clearance sale “They uk canada goose outlet asked if I had all the equipment, boots, shin pads and stuff like that,” Bigirimana told BBC Sport. “I said canadian goose jacket ‘yes’ but I did not. They said they saw me running fast but to tell you the truth I was jogging.

canada goose store “The next day they gave me a trial. It was near the end of the season but they took me on for the following campaign. It must have been a miracle.”

Miracle or not, seven years later the 18 year old has just been named the Football League Championship Apprentice canada goose clearance sale of the Year for a season in which canada goose uk outlet he has made a significant impact at the struggling second Canada Goose Parka tier club.

He has so far played 21 times for the first canada goose uk shop team after making his debut against Leicester in canada goose store August and quickly became a cult figure among the club’s supporters with a series of skilful and wholehearted performances in the centre of midfield.

Canada Goose Parka “He has a good touch and has shown a maturity beyond his years,” said Sky Blues manager Andy Thorn. “He has acquitted himself canada goose well.”

canada goose Performing in such a pivotal position in a struggling side cheap Canada Goose is a big responsibility for somebody in their debut season and Thorn is candid enough to admit that canada goose black friday sale the youngster’s form started to tail off. Bigirimana has not played for the first team since their match against Southampton in January. Even so, he had made enough of an impression to reportedly be the subject of a recent approach from Championship rivals Burnley, who wanted to sign the youngster on loan.

canada goose coats on sale Bigirimana himself sounded philosophical when asked about his return to the youth side after a prolonged taste of first team action.

canadian goose jacket “Football is full of disappointments,” he explained. buy canada goose jacket cheap “Each one must Canada Goose Outlet make you a better player. Besides, the youth team are pushing for the league title and it is great to be able to help my friends there.”

This upbeat, selfless attitude is part of the reason why players in the younger age groups look up to him. He told me that one of the things he needed to work on is developing a selfish streak in front of goal. He has infuriated his coaches at times this season by passing to a team mate when he should have gone for goal himself. When I asked him about his ambitions he talked more about wanting his team mates to succeed than listing any particular aspirations for himself.

Canada Goose sale He has regularly volunteered to visit schools in the area to talk to the younger pupils about his story and I imagine it must make for gripping listening Canada Goose Coats On Sale because Bigirimana’s journey in life sounds like the plot canada goose uk black friday for a Hollywood script.

canada goose clearance He is a refugee from the war torn African country Canada Goose Jackets of Burundi who came to cheap canada goose uk England in canada goose clearance 2004. His mother arrived first before Gael followed with his father, two brothers and a sister.

canada goose black friday sale Back in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, he played football at every opportunity, barefooted, on the streets. Prior to his arrival in England he lived briefly in Uganda and had his first experience of wearing boots and playing in a structured canada goose factory sale competition.

Canada Goose Jackets He had not been at Coventry City for more than a handful of training sessions before he approached the coach and asked to be moved to a higher age group. He explained that he was not finding his own group challenging Canada Goose sale enough.

Canada Goose online It quickly became obvious that the boy from Burundi was a gifted footballer who loved to entertain and played with a freedom that endeared him to those around him. However, it was equally apparent that he understood the value of hard work.

“His determination to achieve manifests itself in his being the first at training and the last to leave,” said Coventry academy manager Gregor Rioch.

Canada Goose Outlet Bigirimana is a deeply religious man who believes that everything that has happened to him is part of God’s plan. The setbacks have been designed to make him stronger. He clearly has a huge determination to overcome any obstacles in his way.

This season he has attended extra sessions with the club’s education officer on a Thursday afternoon to catch up on the studies he has missed as a consequence of buy canada goose jacket his involvement with the first team. It is the sort of application that helped earn him his Apprentice of the Year award and should stand him in good stead for a successful career.

Thorn told me Bigirimana can have a “massive, massive future in the game” and added: canada goose coats “Gael’s is an amazing story and just shows with the right dedication, work ethic and commitment what you can actually achieve.”

canada goose deals As Bigirimana canada goose coats on sale walked off the stage in London on Sunday evening clutching his award he had a huge grin on his face; don’t bet against there being plenty more.

Comment number 3. At 16:08 12th Mar 2012, U15001102 wrote: What an endearing story!!

Can’t say I’ve heard much of the player, but will be intersting to see whether he stays with the sky blues if they are relegated. No doubt with his reported work ethic he has all the potential to become a premiership player.

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cheap Canada Goose Comment number 4. At 16:39 12th Mar 2012, TrueBlue wrote: Good for him seems like a lovely lad and having spent some time in neighbouring Rwanda I wish all the best to anyone from that troubled region who can make a go of it and be an ambassador for their country.

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