Last weekend, Berlin FC was crowned the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom season 3 regional champions after beating Al Ansari 2-0 at the Garissa Teacher’s Training College Grounds (TCC) in Garissa.
Following the final on Sunday, November 24th 2019, the MVP award was presented to Noor Osman (Berlin FC). He is also one of two players from the region who was scouted for travel to Spain. While there he will participate in a 10 day training camp and also play friendly matches against top La Liga youth sides.
We had a chat with him.
Are you excited about your impending trip to Spain?
I must go to Spain because I have been putting in the hard work. I want to also thank God for helping me to meet my goals. Everything is a result of training and hard work and I have been waking up early to follow in my training regimen. I want to thank Safaricom for bringing Chapa Dimba na Safaricom to North Eastern.
Being the MVP in a competition in which you’re not a goal scorer means you see things on the pitch that other players don’t. How do you feel being the MVP?
I’m so grateful and this doesn’t mean I’ll stop working. I’ll keep striving to improve as I’m not where I want to be yet Inshallah I will get there.
How old are you and are you in school?
I’ve just finished Form four and I’m eighteen years old with my next goal being to go to University.
Why do you love football?
Football is in my nature. It’s my talent and passion. I’ve been playing football for four years and earlier I was training slowly before I got to where I wanted to be.
Why did you join Berlin FC?
I love Berlin FC and the coach (Ahmed Mohammed). There is camaraderie among the players as well as team-work.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from the mentorship camps?
I have learned life skills which I can utilize in other careers. If I don’t get into professional football, I will go into business. Any business that I feel works for me at the time. Although, I have faith that football will take me very far.
What is your typical day like? What has your life been growing up?
My mum is not a fan of me playing football as she prefers for me to be studying. I have been punished for playing in the past but football is my passion. And I kept telling her that football is something that can be a career. Now she sees that it has its benefits and is one of my biggest supporters. I have also assured her that I will remain in school and take it just as seriously. All parents want their children to succeed. And football helps us to stay away from a lot of trouble.
What does Chapa Dimba na Safaricom mean to you?
Chapa Dimba na Safaricom has enabled me to play at levels I wouldn’t have expected. And this opportunity to go Spain is amazing. I can’t tell you how happy I am.