Mugabo targets securing Arsenal Pro deal

Amavubi Stars midfielder Alfred Martins Mugabo has set his target on securing a professional deal with English Premier League side Arsenal.
Alfred Mugabo made his international debut against Algeria in June.Gael Bigirimana has alreday featured for England's U-21s.
Alfred Mugabo made his international debut against Algeria in June.Gael Bigirimana has alreday featured for England's U-21s.

Amavubi Stars midfielder Alfred Martins Mugabo has set his target on securing a professional deal with English Premier League side Arsenal.

My target, and every second year scholar’s this season, is to secure a professional deal - that’s my biggest aim,” the 17-year-old, who has one cap for Amavubi told arsenal.com.

“I hope to get the opportunity to play in as many under-21 games as possible and show the coaches and staff that I deserve that contract.

“I’m really looking to this season - I’ve had a little setback with my knee injury, but I should be back before the season starts and I look forward to pushing on and getting back into it all. This will be an important year.”

Mugabo, who made his international debut with Amavubi this year against Algeria, lauded the move that it was a great starting point for him.

“The game against Algeria was a great starting point for me, and I couldn’t turn the chance down. I wanted to do it for my country and I think we all appreciated it a lot.

It still feels crazy to have been there, and it’s something I want to be doing frequently in the future. I am sure we’ll get stronger, and I really want to stay at that level now that I have tasted it.”

“I know there are a lot more Rwandans out there,” says Mugabo. “In fact, I’ve heard that Gael Birigimana at Newcastle is eligible for them (Rwanda), and he’s been doing very well. So you never know the national team may well grow,” he stated.

“We have some good players already - there are a few in Belgium and France, our captain plays in Tunisia while our best midfielder is with a Tanzanian club,” added Mugabo.

Versatile

The big, strong and versatile Rwandan is happiest when sitting just in front of the back, but can easily make the transition into centre-back, centre-midfield, or even as a wing back.

Mugabo was aware of his talent from a very young age, even in primary school he was progressing at a faster rate than many, playing for the year 6 football team when he was still  in class 3.

Just a few years later Arsenal wrapped up a deal for the Rwandan when he was 16-years old.

The deal came after Mugabo earned his first International call-up during the 2011 Fifa U17 World Cup at the age of 15.

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