Meet a rising star – Abou Keita
The Charan Foundation is delighted to have supported rising star Abou Keita play in the 2019 National Futsal Championships.
17 year-old Abou, who was born Guinea in West Africa but now lives in Adelaide, attended the FFA National Futsal Championship in January to play for the South Australian team.
The championship brings together some of the best junior talent in Australia for five days. This year, the tournament lit up courts across Sydney, providing both players and spectators with five days of fast-paced, goal-laden quality futsal.
Abou, reflecting on the tournament, said, “To play for South Australia is unbelievable because no one believed I could so this. When I first [came] from Guinea, my community would see me playing football and tell that I was weak [and] that I would have no chance of playing professional football – but of course, I didn’t believe that because I believe in myself that I can do anything.”
“When I heard that I had been offered a place on the South Australian Futsal team … I felt really happy but then I found out it would cost $2,400. This made me very sad because there is no way I could ever hope to pay that. I was thinking that I would not be able to go because my family could not afford this.”
Thanks to the Charan Foundation, Abou was able to attend the championships. He and his teammates played phenomenally, making it to the semi-finals in what is widely recognised as Australia’s most prestigious and difficult futsal tournament.
“What is so remarkable about Abou is we have only scratched the surface in his potential,” said Atkinson Charan, CEO of the Charan Foundation. “Abou only started playing futsal a matter of months ago and is already playing on the national stage. He is an inspiration and a fantastic ambassador for the opportunities the Charan Foundation can offer young and determined sports people across Melbourne.
“Abou is definition of a rising star. He has only just begun his futsal career. We are all so excited to see what he can and will achieve.”