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A Dreaming Drogba

Ahmed Jallanzo/Twenty Ten

Associated features: The Red Stars, South Africa (Photo feature), Football college, Nigeria (Photo feature), Ghana's future stars (Photo feature), Surviving Dreams, Nigeria (Photo feature), Hogsback Lion Cubs (Photo feature), Ghana Legend (Multimedia feature), A coach with vision, Zambia (Multimedia feature)

Location: Monrovia, Liberia

A young boy dreams of playing football like legend Didier Drogba.

Four-year-old Kelvin Harris was given the nickname 'Didier Drogba' by his father, Momo Harris, because of his impressive soccer skills. Momo is an avid supporter of English Premiership side, Chelsea, and has followed the rise to fame of the Ivorian Drogba, who he would like his son to emulate.

Kelvin attends the Conqueror Christian Foundation Academy in Monrovia and, when he is not practising his football skills, he likes to spend time with friends, playing computer games or watching television. His fellow football lovers all dream of one day becoming soccer stars, but Kelvin has been lucky enough to catch the eye of coaches from the National Youth Street Soccer Academy (NYSSA). Despite his young age, the coaches have been taking note of his progress in the sport and Kelvin has been benefiting from their tactical training.

Momo is a security officer at the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and his wife, Loretta, encourages their son’s dream of becoming a football legend. With such solid support from his family, and an obvious natural talent, Kelvin might well be one to watch in the years to come.

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