Taking on the soccer world

Taking on the soccer world

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Freeman Nyatsambo during play in China in August.

The soccer world is 15-year-old Freeman Nyatsambo’s oyster as he gears up to play in his second international championship next month. 

The talented Camillo boy has previously competed in Shanghai, China in the Jinshan International Youth Football Championship and is now getting ready to take to the skies again this time competing in Indonesia. 

Freeman and his teammates will take on teams from nine other countries including Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia with each side guaranteed to play a minimum of five matches. 

The Bayswater City winger said he was excited to travel with the rest of his team for the 10-day trip. 

“It was great to be part of a team in Shanghai that had some of the best under 15 players from Western Australia,” he said.

“At home in Perth we are in opposing teams and clubs so to come together as one team and work so well together and appreciate one another’s skills and making good friendships, it helped the team succeed as a whole.” 

Freeman’s mother Julie said it was great for him to have these opportunities but it was hard as a family financially to help with the expenses of each trip. 

“We go without some luxury items or going with him at times but as a family we work together to help each other,” she said. 

“We are incredibly proud of Freeman and thank Football West and the teams sponsor Gold Fields for giving him the honour to represent our state in international competition.”

Freeman previously received a $350 sponsorship from the City of Armadale to help with travel costs in getting to China.

The Bali International under 15 Football Championship is held from December 1 to 10.