“I want to play for SA” – Akiel Raffie


FARPost caught up with recently discovered South African youngster Akiel Raffie who plies his trade for English League one side Fleetwood Town.

The 17-year-old central midfielder was born in Australia to a South African father and Australian mother. Raffie has been going through the ranks at Fleetwood since 2014 and he explained how this happened.

“How I got to sign for Fleetwood town I actually got scouted while playing at a Lancashire youth tournament in England. We had a great run in that tournament and eventually won it and immediately Fleetwood signed me to join their youth academy,” said Raffie.

Raffie is a versatile midfielder who can play any position in the middle of the park.

“I can actually play anywhere in the middle of the park I like to play a deep role protecting the defence while I can also play at a more advanced role in midfield so I could say I’m a box-to-box midfielder actually.”

A younger Akiel Raffie.

The midfielder went on to talk about his South African roots expressing interest in playing for his country one day.

“Yes yes my father is South African which makes me South African I’m really connected to that part of my life and one day I want to play for South Africa .”

With Fleetwood back in training it is all systems go for the midfielder who explains that he is closer to his first team debut in League One.

“I’ve actually spent so much time with the U23s and the first team in the past 12 months so it’s a good thing because I train with them every week. The coach believes in giving young players a chance hopefully my chance will come soon,” he concluded

FARPost will be keeping close tabs on the progress of the midfielder as he continues his journey towards his professional career .

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By Prince Sobayeni

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