After discovering yet another youngster making strides abroad, FARPost’s international office got in contact with the player and his family to find out more.
He is currently going through the ranks of Irish top flight side Waterford FC.
FARPost caught up with the player’s mother Mrs Hodanu who shared the journey of the youngster.
“Ciaran was born in Ireland 15 May 2004, I think he started playing soccer at the age of 6 with the local team, Ferrybank FC based in Waterford Ireland. At the age of 15 he was selected to play for Waterford FC U-15 for two years and he ended up as captain in his second year there,” she explained.
Asked about which position the 15-year-old feels most comfortable in she said, “His favourite position is centre back and anywhere in defence, he was also called to assist in Waterford’s under 17 games at a very young age. At the moment he is based with a local team called Villa FC playing for their Under 18 for fitness and hoping to get with Waterford FC when the season resumes,” she continued.
International allegiance will always be raised especially for players with a number of countries they are illegible to turn out for, something Mrs Hodanu touched on.
“As he was born in Ireland to a South African mother and Ghanaian father he would take any chance presented to play for any of those nations – he also has dreams to play in the English Premier League in England.”
Having been told about the South African Premier League the teen also harbours interests of coming home and playing in the PSL. “He would also love to play in SA to experience the way South Africans play the game and the skills they display,” she concluded.
Hodanu is a nephew of former Orlando Pirates player Bruce Ramokadi and the teenager wants to follow in the footsteps of his uncle.
By Prince Sobayeni