Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Zimbabwe-Born Starlet The Next Big Thing In The US!

Zimbabwe-born Starlet Farai Mutatu set to make it big in the US. (Pic Courtesy of Spartan Soccer College).
Born in Zimbabwe and relocated to the United States of America with his family in the first grade, Farai Mutatu is slowly taking US soccer by storm.

The 18-year-old forward who was raised in the Lansing suburb of Haslett is considered the best youngest player to ever come out of Lansing area in recent memory after becoming the first local player to appear for the National Soccer League Club.

Blessed with electric pace, dribbling skills and exuberant confidence Mutatu was encouraged by his parents who are now based in Zimbabwe to pursue soccer as a way to get a college education.

He went on to play for Michigan Wolves F.C- a team affiliated to Michigan State University before committing himself to Michigan State Soccer team as a junior.

Mutatu completed a successful debut season with Michigan State that saw the club finishing in the final four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 League and advances to the College Cup for the first time in 50-years with the Zimbabwe starlet being influential for the team playing a total of 1093 minutes in his 23 appearances for the club including their last match a semi-final bow against Akron which was played last Friday in Santa Barbra, California where MSU lost 5-1 in the National Cup.

Mutatu has scored three great goals for Michigan State this season and contributed three assists to complete a successful freshman year with the club.

As part of a decorated youth career, Mutatu was up for the U.S. Youth Soccer Goal of the Year from a bicycle kick back in 2012 when he was playing U13 for the TNT Dynamite, based out of Lansing and in 2016 the Zimbabwean starlet was invited to the US national U16 camp but could not play due to his immigration status.

With Mutatu having started High School without his parents and only under the guidance of his three elder siblings after both parents were forced to leave the United States four years ago due to visa issues,  his junior coach Nate Miller likens the Zimbabwean starlet's development to that of European and South American players.

 "A lot of those guys at young ages move to different cities for soccer, to play at different clubs away from family," Miller said.

"They have some pressure on them, like he needs to make this work. I think he looks at his life and is like, 'I have to be a pro. I have to do that.'
18-year old Mutatu is eligible to play for Zimbabwe.

Michigan State University coach Damon Rensing has extreme confidence in Mutatu and believes his freshman forward who scored a smashing header in his first collegiate game vs South Florida in August 2018 is a more matured player.

"Farai has scored big goals in big matches his whole life, so there's no reason for us to think he couldn't do it," Rensing said. "It's a confidence thing and Farai has that confidence.

"He's as good as any of the starters that we have. It's a great luxury to bring in a player of Farai's caliber. He's energetic, he works hard and is dangerous," he said.

Meanwhile Mutatu who is in line for a US citizenship is also eligible to play for Zimbabwe and according to Mistry Chipere of the Zimbabwe Foreign Legion group, the youngster even was willing to represent the Young Warriors in the recently ended COSAFAU20 tournament, but was excluded under unclear circumstances.


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