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Newcastle Star Gives Something Back To The Community

7 years ago

Gael Bigirimana has shown a great work ethic and not a little ability since his move to Newcastle from Coventry.

Having been thrown in at the deep end, he looks by far the young player to have a real chance of making a go of it in the Premier League in the longer term.

His is an uplifting tale as he arrived in the UK as a refugee and at the age of 11 went past Coventry’s training ground and went and asked for a trial, Roy Of The Rovers Stuff – or should that be Gael Of Burundi stuff?

Either way, Bigirimana has made a positive impression both on and off the pitch and in recent days has shown he has no intention of turning his back on those who helped him on his journey.

While most players will be lying on a beach, or the equivalent, by now – Bigirimana has been back in Coventry helping to get the Coventry’s Burundi Community Association into shape.

They have won a place in a three week African Nations Cup tournament at Upton Park. Teams from twenty more countries are competing with a final on June 15th.

If you click here you can see the original article I spotted and there is video footage of Gael Bigirimana trying to coach the players.

It is quite amusing as I think he has some way to go as a coach and the players may be at a level where it looks tricky to try and get the thoughts of a Premier League player across – much waving of arms and exasperated looks!

Hopefully the likes of Nile Ranger will take a look at what how somebody like Bigirimana is prepared to do for others for no return, apart from the satisfaction of helping others. That is if Nile can spare the time from his community service…



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