SA ABROAD: Ayer is our U21 player of the week


Born and bred in Eldorado Park South Africa 19 years ago, SA midfielder Keanin Ayer Boya is one of the outstanding U21 players from the country that are based overseas at the moment .

When Ayer was 12 years old he was scouted at a local tournament in Eldorado Park, South of Johannesburg, by the famous Right to Dream Sport Academy based in the capital city of Ghana, Accra, which is where the central midfielder’s journey started.

Ayer is growing form strength to strength in Sweden.

Ayer developed quickly within the ranks of the academy and went on to become one of the key players for them between 2013 and 2018 commanding the midfield consistently throughout until he left for his current team.

In June 2018, the Right to Dream Academy participated in the annual Gothia Cup which was held in Sweden with clubs all over the world coming to compete in the annual tournament attended by thousands of football die-hard fans across the globe.

Right to Dream is affiliated to Danish top tier side FC Nodjaeland and Varbergs Bois in Sweden which is where Ayer decided to sign his first professional contract that would keep the 19-year-old at the club until June of 2021.

From his first six months with the club the midfielder made an instant impression on the coach which led to him starting almost all the games for the remainder of last season and this season, he continued where he left off and played a whopping 29 goals out of a total of 30 games missing only one match through suspension which shows how significant the midfielder is to the Swedish club.

Varbergs Bois started the season very strong going over 14 games unbeaten and finishing the season in second place to gain automatic promotion to the elite level in Swedish football for the 2019/20 season . reported that the midfielder had attracted interest from top division side Gothenborg so it remains to be seen where he would be playing his football after the January transfer window.

But what is certain is that he will be playing amongst the best players in the league since his club will now play in the topflight, which will be good for his development and will get him closer to his two dreams of playing for Bafana Bafana and playing for Barcelona in Camp Nou in the near future.

It has been a long time since South Africa has had young players doing great things overseas so players like Ayer are a breath of fresh air.

By Prince Sobayeni

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