Born in Australia to a South African father and an Australian mother, Akiel and Reyaan Raffie are the latest rising stars to be discovered in Europe.
Akiel Raffie, in the story main picture, started his journey in Australia playing for South West Wanderers U9s before going for assessments in England with Blackburn Rovers.
The central midfielder didn’t sign for Rovers, but ended up end up at League One side Fleetwood Town aged just 10. Since making that move he has been there for the past seven years.
The 17-year-old plays mostly as a central defensive midfielder with Fleetwood’s U18s as he is now a third year scholar at the club.
He nearly made his first team debut last year only making the bench in a League game, but there is no doubt that he will get his break with manager Joey Barton a firm believer in his abilities.
Akiel’s younger brother Reyaan Raffie is tipped to be the next big thing in England with the Manchester City young striker making waves since his days at Fleetwood Town.
His journey has been very interlinked with that of his older brother throughout as the 12-year-old was scouted by Fleetwood while he was playing with other boys while waiting for his older brother Akiel to finish training. From that moment they (Fleetwood) snatched him to their youth set up.
However, two years ago after scoring 100 goals for Fleetwood Town’s U10s the starlet was immediately snapped up by English side Manchester City which is where he has been playing for the last two years.
The striker is tipped to be the next big deal with former Fleetwood Town midfielder Katlego Mashigo even heaping praise on the youngster.
“Reyaan is amazing – he is the real deal and definitely going far in his career. To prove his quality, Manchester City immediately signed him after seeing him play, that alone must tell you something. Scoring five goals in a game is nothing to him – he is amazing,” said Mashigo.
Both players are yet to play for Australia at any level, but Akiel was part of Australia’s U17 FIFA World Cup camp last year, unfortunately he had to be left out due to injury. Both players have expressed interest in representing the country of their father.
FARPost will soon have an exclusive interview with both players.
By Prince Sobayeni