South African teenager Keanin Ayer takes unconventional path to Europe

South African teenager Keanin Ayer has taken an unconventional path to Europe after signing for Swedish side Varbergs BoIS from an academy in Ghana.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder spent the previous five years at the Right to Dream Academy in Accra‚ starring for the side in the prestigious Gothia Cup tournament that was held in Sweden in July.

That won him a move to Varbergs and he was thrust straight into the starting line-up‚ though his career got off to a rocky start with a red card in their last fixture against Sameehg Doutie’s Varnamo this past weekend.

Ayer‚ raised in Eldorado Park‚ joined Right to Dream at aged 13‚ in part to escape the at times suffocating scourge of drugs that were readily available in his neighbourhood.


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