Through The Ranks
The story of Buomesca Tue Na Bangna, known simply as Mesca around Motspur Park, is a quite fascinating football tale which has seen the teenager travel from his home in Africa all the way to Fulham, via Portugal, even spending some time with tonightís opponents and our local rivals Chelsea.
The 18-year-oldís form for the Development Squad since the turn of the year has been scintillating enough to convince Martin Jol to hand him a squad number (36) and call him up to travel with the matchday squad for our recent trip to Old Trafford.
Having come from humble beginnings, Mesca is not one to let success go to his head, instead seeing the opportunities recently handed to him as motivation to continue the work ethic which has already served him so well.
Buomesca Tue Na Bangna - Midfielder
I started playing football when I was a schoolboy in Guinea-Bissau.
I moved to Portugal in 2009 because my family was there and my little brother was playing for Sporting Lisbon, and I started playing for them too. I wasnít there for long though because Chelsea offered me the chance to join them, so I moved to Chelsea and started playing for their Under-16s. I got injured against Arsenal and needed an operation on my knee, which ruled me out for one year and two months. After my knee was okay, everything was good and I started to play again, but I wasnít playing for long because the Manager thought my knee wasnít going to be strong enough to play at Reserve level. But then Fulham came in for me and Iím feeling good and doing well here. Iím very happy, but I know that I need to keep playing well.
Football is my life. When I play Iím very happy because I just love to play football. I want to improve - I want to be a better player. Iíve already improved from when I was in the Academy so I just want to keep improving so that I can get in the First Team. Even then, though, I know that I canít relax - I have to continue doing the best I can do Ė that is my dream.
I travelled with the First Team squad to Manchester, which was a very good experience for me. Iím learning the difference between the First Team and the Reserves and the Youth Team. Itís a big difference and itís good experience for me to travel with the First Team. The competition for the First Team is very hard, very intense. I can see now that I need to work even harder to get there.
When I found out I was getting a squad number I thought that was very good for me. They showed me my number and Iím really pleased to have that as a reward for playing well. I didnít choose the number, but in the future Iíd like the number seven or 17 as those are my favourite numbers.
Iíd say my best abilities are my pace and skills when Iím running with the ball. Iím quite a good dribbler, but I need to work on my crosses. I also need to work hard on my left foot to improve my crossing now that Iím playing on that side of the pitch. I can play with both feet, though, because in the Youth Team I used to play as a right winger, but in the Reserves now they play me as a left winger, but I can do everything with both feet which is good for me.
My favourite Fulham players are Mousa Dembťlť and Andy Johnson. Dembťlťis a nice person because when you are a young player training with the First Team he will always say hello and try and give you confidence. Heíll do everything to try and help you play well in training. In football he has technique, he can dribble Ė heís a fantastic player. In world football Lionel Messi is my favourite player, and also Cristiano Ronaldo who I like very much.
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