It’s been four years now since Johannesburg-born winger Boipelo Mashigo made the move to Germany to join DFB Academy and eventually Unterhaching SpVgg Unterhaching where he has been harnessing his skills for the past three years.
Mashigo has less than a year before getting German citizenship which will make his route around Europe easier as a local avoiding the difficulties of the strict work permit rules for foreign players in Europe.
The 17-year-old currently plays for Unterhaching’s U-19 development side, but in recent weeks has gotten the opportunity to train with the club’s first team and even made his senior team debut in a friendly where Unterhaching won 3-1 against 1860 Rosenheim.
“I think I have made a lot of progress in Germany especially in terms of getting closer to playing first team football although there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Mashigo.
“I can make the jump, but it’s been a good experience so far and every training session is good yet so hard.
“My goals for the season is to make an appearance for the first team and hopefully work myself into getting many more appearances for the senior team which plays a very good level here.
“When it comes to the U19s the goal is to play as many games while scoring and assisting many goals as I work towards achieving my biggest vision of getting promoted,” he concluded.
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By Prince Sobayeni